Guest Post: 11 Magnum photographers who changed the world

Guest Post: 11 Magnum photographers who changed the world

11 Magnum photographers who changed the world: George Rodger

5. George Rodger
Nationality: British
Quote: “You must feel an affinity for what you are photographing. You must be part of it, and yet remain sufficiently detached to see it objectively. Like watching from the audience a play you already know by heart.”

Rodger is most famous for photographing the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen at the end of the Second World War in 1945. His shocking images were the first to show the reality of the concentration camps and were of great significance. He later became a co-founder of Magnum Photos.


11 Magnum photographers who changed the world: W Eugene Smith

6. W. Eugene Smith
Nationality: American
Quote: “Photo is a small voice, at best, but sometimes – just sometimes – one photograph or a group of them can lure our senses into awareness.”

William Eugene Smith was a pioneer of wartime photography and is known for refusing to compromise to professional standards, portraying the Second World War in shocking realism. He also documented and photographed the Minamata disease in Japan, an illness that The Chisso Corporation is largely believed to be responsible for. His photograph ‘Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath’ (1971) was highly influential in drawing the world’s attention to mercury poisoning in Japan. Smith was attacked by employees of Chisso in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent him from publicising images of Minamata disease.

His legacy continues through the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, which aims to promote humanistic photography.

PAGE 1: Magnum photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson & Robert Capa
PAGE 2: Magnum photographers Steve McCurry & Stuart Franklin
PAGE 3: Magnum photographers George Rodger & W. Eugene Smith
PAGE 4: Magnum photographers Dennis Stock & Martin Parr
PAGE 5: Magnum photographers Philip Jones Griffiths & Philippe Halsman
PAGE 6: Magnum photographer Josef Koudelka


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