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Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, and books.

Bob Adelman

Bob Adelman (born 1931) is an American photographer known for his images of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Raised on Long Island, New York, he earned his B.A.

William Allard

The son of a Swedish immigrant, William Albert Allard studied at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts and the University of Minnesota with the hope of becoming a writer. Transferring to the University of Minnesota after only a year, he enrolled in the journalism program.

Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson was born in Canada in 1970 and grew up in west Texas. He first gained recognition for his pictures in 1999 when he boarded a handmade, wooden boat with Haitian refugees trying to sail to America. The boat, named the Believe In God, sank in the Caribbean.

Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Russian immigrant parents. She began photographing in 1946, while working at a photo-finishing plant in New York City, and then studied photography in 1948 with Alexei Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research in New York.

Olivia Arthur

Olivia was born in London and grew up in the UK. She studied mathematics at Oxford University and photojournalism at the London College of Printing.

She began working as a photographer in 2003 after moving to Delhi and was based in India for two and a half years. 


Born a photographer, Abbas is an Iranian transplanted to Paris. He has dedicated himself to documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict.

Robert Azzi

Azzi, a Lebanese-American, was based in Beirut, where he was a member of Magnum, a contributor to National Geographic, Time and Newsweek and later photographer of several coffee-table books on Saudi Arabia.

Dmitri Baltermants

Dmitri Baltermants appears with Magnum Photos by-line credit in The Guardian Weekend magazine issue 'Life Through a Lens' 1.1.2000

Baltermants' status within Magnum is unknown.


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Ernesto Bazan

Ernesto Bazan was born in Palermo in 1959. He received his first camera when he was 14 years old and began photographing daily life in his native city and in the rural areas of Sicily.

Jonas Bendiksen

Jonas Bendiksen is Norwegian and was born in 1977. He began his career at the age of 19 as an intern at Magnum's London office, before leaving for Russia to pursue his own work as a photojournalist.

Nathan Benn

Nathan Benn served on the National Geographic photographic staff from 1972 into 1991. Three hundred of his photographs were published in National Geographic Magazine, and hundreds more in numerous books. He is especially grateful to Robert E.

Ian Berry

Ian Berry was born in Lancashire, England. He made his reputation in South Africa, where he worked for the Daily Mail and later for Drum magazine.

Werner Bischof

Werner Bischof was born in Switzerland. He studied photography with Hans Finsler in his native Zurich at the School for Arts and Crafts, then opened a photography and advertising studio. In 1942 he became a freelancer for Du magazine, which published his first major photo essays in 1943.

Inge Bondi

Inge Bondi was born in Berlin. During World War II , she worked for the BBC's European Service. In 1946, she became the Managing Editor of "Radio Week" in the British Government's Public Information Office.

Brian Brake

Brian Brake was primarily known as a documentary photographer; his work appeared regularly in iconic photo journals LifeParis Match, and National Geographic.

Miguel Rio Branco

Son of diplomats, Miguel Rio Branco spent his childhood in Portugal, Switzerland, Brazil and the United States. He has variously been a painter, a photographer a filmmaker. His first painting exhibition was in Bern in 1974, while he was living in Switzerland.

Dan Budnik

Dan Budnik (born 1933 in Long Island, New York) is an American photographer noted for his portraits of artists and photographs of the Civil Rights Movement and Native American life.

René Burri

René Burri studied at the School of Applied Arts in his native city of Zurich, Switzerland. From 1953 to 1955 he worked as a documentary film-maker and began to use a Leica while doing his military service.

Cornell Capa

Cornell Capa was born Cornell Friedmann to a Jewish family in Budapest. In 1936 he moved to Paris, where his brother Andre (Robert Capa) was working as a photojournalist. He worked as his brother's printer until 1937, then moved to New York to join the new Pix photo agency.

Robert Capa

On 3 December 1938 Picture Post introduced 'The Greatest War Photographer in the World: Robert Capa' with a spread of 26 photographs taken during the Spanish Civil War.

Chien-Chi Chang

In his work, Chien-Chi Chang makes manifest the abstract concepts of alienation and connection. “The Chain,” a collection of portraits made in a mental asylum in Taiwan, caused a sensation when it was shown at La Biennale di Venezia (2001) and the Bienal de Sao Paolo (2002).

George Cserna

George Cserna was a New York based architectural photographer. Cserna was born in Budapest, Hungary on March 14, 1919. He received a degree from Minta Gymnasium in Budapest, and later studied Etruscology at the University of Perugia, Italy, and law at Budapest University.

Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson began taking photographs at the age of ten in Oak Park, Illinois. While attending Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University, he continued to further his knowledge and develop his passion. He was later drafted into the army and stationed near Paris.

Raymond Depardon

Raymond Depardon, born in France in 1942, began taking photographs on his family farm in Garet at the age of 12. Apprenticed to a photographer-optician in Villefranche-sur-Saône, he left for Paris in 1958.

Vojta Dukat

Vojta Dukat has been nominated twice by Magnum Photos (1974 , 1976). In 1980, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, organized the first exhibition of his photographs. He holds Capi-Lux Prijs (1997), a major photographic awards fo

Thomas Dworzak

Thomas Dworzak was born in Kötzting, Germany, in 1972 and grew up in the small town of Cham in the Bavarian Forest. Towards the end of his high school studies, he began to travel and photograph in Europe and the Middle East.

Nikos Economopoulos

Nikos Economopoulos was born in the Peloponnese, Greece. He studied law in Parma, Italy, and worked as a journalist. In 1988 he started photographing in Greece and Turkey, and eventually abandoned journalism in order to dedicate himself to photography.

Maria Eisner

Maria EISNER LEHFELDT (ITA), was born in Milano in 1909 where she lived until the age of 6. At the first World War her family moved to Germany, and at the age of 20 in Berlin she started working for illustrated magazines.

Eliot Elisofon

In his early days with LIFE, Eliot Elisofon had no problem being "the world's greatest photographer," or any variation thereof, if he felt that it would help him get the pictures he wanted.

Misha Erwitt

Misha Erwitt is a native New Yorker and freelance photographer. He was a staff photographer for eleven years at the New York Daily News, where he developed a sharp eye for street photography and clever visual juxtapositions.

Jimmy Fox

Magnum's Former Editor-in-chief for 30 years.


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Martine Franck

Born in Antwerp, Martine Franck spent her childhood in the United States and in England. She studied art history at the University of Madrid, then at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, where she presented a thesis on “the influence of cubism on sculpture”.

Stuart Franklin

Stuart Franklin was born in Britain in 1956. He studied photography and film at West Surrey College of Art and Design and geography at the University of Oxford (BA and PhD). During the 1980s, he worked as a correspondent for Sygma Agence Presse in Paris before joining Magnum Photos in 1985.

Leonard Freed

Born in Brooklyn, New York, to working-class Jewish parents of Eastern European descent, Leonard Freed first wanted to become a painter. However, he began taking photographs while in the Netherlands in 1953, and discovered that this was where his passion lay.

Jill Freedman

Jill Freedman is a highly respected New York City documentary photographer whose award-winning work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, George Eastman House, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Public Library

Gisèle Freund

Gisèle Freund (born Gisela Freund) was a German-born French photographer and photojournalist, famous for her documentary photography and portraits of writers and artists.

Paul Fusco

Paul Fusco worked as a photographer with the United States Army Signal Corps in Korea from 1951 to 1953, before studying photojournalism at Ohio University, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1957.

Jean Gaumy

Born in August 1948 in Pontaillac (Charente-Maritime), France, Gaumy attended school in Toulouse and Aurillac. He received his higher education in Rouen where he worked as editor and freelance photographer in a local daily newspaper to pay for his studies.

Burt Glinn

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Burt Glinn served in the United States Army between 1943 and 1946, before studying literature at Harvard University, where he edited and photographed for the Harvard Crimson college newspaper.

Maya Goded

Through her photographs and now on video, Maya Goded (Mexico, 1967) explores the subjects of female sexuality, prostitution and gender violence in a society in which the role of women is narrowly defined and femininity is shrouded in myths of chastity, fragility and motherhood. She has published

Mark Godfrey

Photographer, multi-media producer and photo-asset consultant, Mark Godfrey worked on the staff of newspapers in Tucson, Arizona; Houston, Texas and Topeka, Kansas before covering the Vietnam War for the Associated Press and later LIFE Magazine.

Philip Jones Griffiths

Born in Rhuddlan, Wales, Philip Jones Griffiths studied pharmacy in Liverpool and worked in London while photographing part-time for the Manchester Guardian. In 1961 he became a full-time freelancer for the London-based Observer. He covered the Algerian War in 1962, then moved to Central Africa.

Harry Gruyaert

Harry Gruyaert, born in Antwerp (Belgium) in 1941, studied at the School of Film and Photography in Brussels from 1959 to 1962. Then he became a photographer in Paris, while working as a freelance director of photography for Flemish television between 1963 and 1967.

Ara Güler

Ara Güler, born August 16, 1928 in Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, is a Turkish Armenian photojournalist, nicknamed "the Eye of Istanbul" or "the Photographer of Istanbul". He is considered one of Turkey's few internationally known photographers. 

Karl Gullers

Karl W. Gullers (? - 1998) was among the earliest members of the ASMP. Although a frequent visitor to the U.S., he was a citizen of Sweden, and there he served for ten years as president of the Nordic Photographers Association.

Ernst Haas

Ernst Haas (March 2, 1921–September 12, 1986) was a photojournalist and a pioneering color photographer. During his 40-year career, the Austrian-born artist bridged the gap between photojournalism and the use of photography as a medium for expression and creativity.

Pat Hagen

Staff Member at the New York Bureau. Please help contribute to Pat Hagen's history with Magnum. 


Source: Magnum Foundation Archive, MF014-001, Box 1, Membership Chronology

Erich Hartmann

Born in Munich, Erich Hartmann was 16 years old when he went with his family in 1938 to Albany, New York, as a refugee from Nazi Germany. The only English speaker in the family, he worked in a textile mill, attending evening high school and later taking night courses at Siena College.

David Alan Harvey

Born in San Francisco, David Alan Harvey was raised in Virginia. He discovered photography at the age of 11. Harvey purchased a used Leica with savings from his newspaper route and began photographing his family and neighborhood in 1956.

Bob Henriques

Bob Henriques, a long time affiliate of Magnum Photos, passed away in Florida at the age of 81 in 2001. During his most active years as a photographer, Henriques' subject matter included film stars and political icons.

Tim Hetherington

Often described as a conflict photographer, Hetherington’s mission was never so simple. “Trying to understand my own fascination with conflict and war has become something that’s started to focus on what it means to be a man. What is it about war that really draws men?”

Ken Heyman

Born in New York City in 1930, Ken Heyman first became interested in photography in high school. Later, during his student days at Columbia College-which were interrupted by a two-year stint in the army-his skill as a photographer grew, but still regarded photography as no more than a hobby.

Thomas Hoepker

Thomas Hoepker studied art history and archeology, then worked as a photographer for Münchner Illustrierte and Kristall between 1960 and 1963, reporting from all over the world. He joined Stern magazine as a photo-reporter in 1964.

Sam Holmes

Librarian for the New York Magnum Office. Please help contribute more information regarding Sam Holme's history with Magnum. 


Source: Magnum Foundation Archive, MF014-001, Box 1, Membership Chronology

Sohrab Hura

Sohrab Hura was born on 17th October 1981 in a small town called Chinsurah in West Bengal, India and he grew up changing his ambitions from one exciting thing to another.

David Hurn

Born in the UK but of Welsh descent, David Hurn is a self-taught photographer who began his career in 1955 as an assistant at the Reflex Agency. Whilst a freelance photographer he gained his early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Jeff Jacobson

Jeff Jacobson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1946. After working as an ACLU lawyer in the American South, he turned to photography in 1974. He pioneered the now common technique of open flash in the 1970s. Jacobson joined Magnum Photos in 1978.

Jim Goldberg

Jim Goldberg is a Professor of Art at the California College of Arts and Crafts and a member of Magnum Photos. He has been exhibiting for over 30 years and his innovative use of image and text make him a landmark photographer of our times.

Tore Johnson

Book keeper and Photographer at Magnum photos. Please help contirbute more information regarding Tore Johnson's history with Magnum. 


Source: Magnum Foundation Archive, MF014-001, Box 1, Membership Chronology

Richard Kalvar

After studying English and American literature at Cornell University in the mid sixties, Richard Kalvar worked in New York as assistant to French fashion photographer Jérôme Ducrot. It was an extended trip with a camera to Europe in 1966-1967 that made him decide to become a photographer.

André Kertész

André Kertész (July 2, 1894–September 28, 1985), born Kertész Andor, was known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay. In the early years of his career, his then-unorthodox camera angles and style prevented his work from gaining wider recognition.

Josef Koudelka

Josef Koudelka, born in Moravia, made his first photographs while a student in the 1950s. About the same time that he started his career as an aeronautical engineer in 1961 he also began photographing Gypsies in Czechoslovakia and theater in Prague. He turned full-time to photography in 1967.

Eliott Landy

Elliott Landy (born 1942) is a photographer best known for his iconic photographs of rock musicians. A 1959 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, ten years later he was the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895–October 11, 1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA).

Sergio Larrain

Sergio Larrain was born in 1931 in Santiago de Chile. He studied music before taking up photography in 1949, from which year until 1953 he studied forestry at the University of California at Berkeley.

Guy Le Querrec

Born in 1941 in Paris into a modest family from Brittany, Guy Le Querrec shot his first pictures of jazz musicians in London in the late 1950s, making his professional debut in 1967.

Russell Lee

Russell Lee (July 21, 1903, Ottawa, Illinois–August 28, 1986, Austin, Texas) was an American photographer and photojournalist, best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA).

Arthur Leipzig

Arthur Leipzig was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1918. After studying photography at the Photo League in 1942, he became a staff photographer for the Newspaper PM, where he worked for the next four years. During this period, he completed his first photo essay, on children's street games.

Paul LePercq

On the Board of Directors for Magnum. Please help contribute more information regarding Paul LePercq and his history with Magnum. 


Source: Magnum Foundation Archive, MF014-001, Box 1, Membership Chronology

Erich Lessing

Born in Vienna, Erich Lessing was the son of a dentist and a concert pianist. In 1939, before Lessing finished high school, Hitler's occupation of Austria forced him to emigrate to Israel (then British Mandate Palestine). His mother remained in Vienna and died in Auschwitz.

Markéta Luskačová

Markéta Luskačová was a nominee for Magnum Photos in 1976, a status which she held until 1980. Please help contribute information regarding Markéta Luskačová's history with Magnum. 


Sources: Markéta Luskačová, Prague: Torst, 2001, p. 138.

Danny Lyon

Danny Lyon is one of the most important American photographers of the last half century to renew the documentary tradition's concern with social justice. He was shaped by his experience covering the unrest of the 1960s as staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Alex Majoli

At the age of 15, Alex Majoli joined the F45 Studio in Ravenna, working alongside Daniele Casadio. While studying at the Art Institute in Ravenna, he joined Grazia Neri Agency and traveled to Yugoslavia to document the conflict.

Roger Malloch

Please help contribute information regarding Roger Malloch and his history with Magnum as an Associate. 


Source: Magnum Foundation Archive, MF014-001, Box 1, Membership Chronology

Constantine Manos

Constantine Manos was born in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A., of Greek immigrant parents. His photographic career began in the school camera club at the age of thirteen, and within several years he was a working professional. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A.

Peter Marlow

Although gifted in the language of photojournalism, Peter Marlow is not a photojournalist. He was initially, however, one of the most enterprising and successful young British news photographers, and in 1976 joined the Sygma agency in Paris.

Jean Marquis

Please help contribute information regarding Jean Marquis and his history with Magnum as an Associate. 


Source: Magnum Foundation Archive, MF014-001, Box 1, Membership Chronology

Fred Mayer

Photographer, Photojournalist, Publicist, Author, Artist-of-the-Archive. Fred Mayer: is a storyteller with a camera. One manshow Fred Mayer is well known for his exellent photography- produced in his absolute professional manner.

Don McCullin

Born in London, Don McCullin studied painting at the Hammersmith School of Arts and Crafts from 1948 to 1950, and worked for British Railways and as a color-mixer for Larkins Cartoon Studios before entering the military. There he was an assistant in aerial reconnaissance photography.

Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been a one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. in visual education from Harvard University. Her first major photographic essay focused on the lives of women doing striptease at New England country fairs.

Russ Melcher

Please help contribute information regarding Russ Melcher and his history with Magnum as a Bureau Chief (Paris). 


Source: Magnum Foundation Archive, MF014-001, Box 1, Membership Chronology

Photo © Erich Hartmann/Magnum Photos

Gideon Mendel

Gideon Mendel is a London based South African photographer. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1959. He graduated with a degree in Psychology and African Economic history from the University of Cape Town. In 1990, he moved to London, where he currently resides.

Gjon Mili

Trained as an engineer, Gjon Mili arrived in America from Albania in 1923 and began working for LIFE. He later collaborated with Professor Harold Edgerton, the father of electronic flash, to pioneer strobe photography.

Lee Miller

Please help contribute information regarding Lee Miller's history as a Photographer with Magnum.


Source: Magnum Foundation Archive, MF014-001, Box 1, Membership Chronology

Wayne Miller

Born in Chicago, Wayne Miller studied banking at the University of Illinois, Urbana, while working part-time as a photographer. He went on to study photography at the Art Center School of Los Angeles from 1941 to 1942.

Inge Morath

Inge Morath was born in Graz, Austria, in 1923. After studying languages in Berlin, she became a translator, then a journalist and the Austrian editor for Heute, an Information Service Branch publication based in Munich.

John G. Morris

Journalist John Godfrey Morris (1916) has spent a lifetime editing photographs for magazines and newspapers, working with hundreds of photographers, among them the great names of 20th century photography. He worked for the weekly picture magazine Life throughout World War II. As LIFE's London Pic

Jean Mounicq

Jean Mounicq (1931) French photographer, born in Pau. After the death of his father in 1934, he will live in Vence and Nice before joining in 1945 the Paris region where he will teach photography in a portrait studio Masure in Corbeil-Essonnes.

Dominic Nahr

Dominic Nahr is a contract photographer for Time magazine and joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in July 2010. He is also represented by O’Born Contemporary in Toronto.

Lu Nan

Lu Nan is a modest man. Though he’s a former member of the elite Magnum Photos, he shuns interviewers and avoids being photographed. His passion is for photographing others, always outsiders—people who are rejected by society or pushed to its margins.

Simon Nathan

Photographer and writer Simon Nathan, wrote columns on technical breakthroughs on photography in magazines like Popular Photography, Modern Photography and others.

Michael Nichols

Michael “Nick” Nichols, a native of Alabama, is an award-winning photographer whose work has taken him to the most remote corners of the world. He became a staff photographer for the National Geographic magazine in 1996 and was named Editor-at-Large in January 2008.

Homer Page

Homer Page (1918-1985) was born in Oakland, CA and became interested in photography as an adolescent. He enrolled at UCLA and then transferred to UC Berkeley and studied art.  In 1939 he met Christina Gardner, a photography enthusiast and married her a year later.

Trent Parke

Trent Parke was born in 1971 and raised in Newcastle, New South Wales. Using his mother's Pentax Spotmatic and the family laundry as a darkroom, he began taking pictures when he was around 12 years old.

Martin Parr

Martin Parr is a chronicler of our age. In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, his photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective. 

Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome. He studied architecture at L'Università la Sapienza, Rome, Italy before studying photography at l'istituto Italiano di Fotografia, in Rome.

Gilles Peress

In 1972, Gilles Peress began documenting immigration in Europe. This work continues in his current ongoing project, Hate Thy Brother, a cycle of documentary narratives that looks at intolerance and its consequences.

Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Pinkhassov's interest in photography began while he was still at school. After studying cinematography at the VGIK (the Moscow Institute of Cinematography), he went on to work at the Mosfilm studio and then as a set photographer.

Mark Power

As a child Mark Power discovered his father's home-made enlarger in the family attic, a contraption consisting of an upturned flowerpot, a domestic light bulb and a simple camera lens. 

Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai was born in the small village of Jhhang, now part of Pakistan. He took up photography in 1965, and the following year joined "The Statesman" newspaper as its chief photographer.

Eli Reed

Eli Reed was born in the US and studied pictorial illustration at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, graduating in 1969. In 1982 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Marc Riboud

Marc Riboud is born in 1923 in Lyon. At the Great Exhibition of Paris in 1937 he takes his first pictures with the small Vest-Pocket camera his father offered him. During the war, he took part in the Vercors fights. From 1945 to 1948 he studies engineering and works in a factory.

Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards; photographer, writer, and filmmaker, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1944. After graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in English, he studied photography with Minor White.

Miguel Rio Branco

Son of diplomats, Miguel Rio Branco spent his childhood in Portugal, Switzerland, Brazil and the United States. He has variously been a painter, a photographer a filmmaker. His first painting exhibition was in Bern in 1974, while he was living in Switzerland.

George Rodger

Born in Cheshire, George Rodger served in the British Merchant Navy. After a short spell in America, he worked as a photographer for the BBC's The Listener magazine, followed in 1938 by a brief stint working for the Black Star Agency.

Charles Roth

Please help contribute information regarding Charles Roth's history with Magnum as an International Director.


Source: Magnum Foundation Archive, MF014-001, Box 1, Membership Chronology

Nate Saint

Nate Saint appears with Magnum Photos credit in Minneapolis Sunday Tribute Picture Sunday Magazine: February 22 and March 29, 1959. 

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Andrew Saint-George

His photographs chronicling the Cuban Revolution, many first published in Life Magazine, won the Overseas Press Club and Sigma Delta Chi awards in 1958. His work also appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Look, the London Sunday Telegraph, among others, and on network television.

Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado (born February 8, 1944) is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist. He has traveled in over 100 countries for his photographic projects. Most of these have appeared in numerous press publications and books.

Moises Saman

Moises Saman was born in Lima, Peru, from a mixed Spanish and Peruvian family. At the age of 1 his family relocated to Barcelona, Spain, where Moises spent most of his youth. Moises studied Communications and Sociology in the United States at California State University, graduating in 1998.

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati (born 1958) is a French photographer. Her images of cities in Russia and young people in the United States paint a sometimes despondent picture inspired by her own imagination.

Lawrence Schiller

Schiller was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, and grew up outside of San Diego, California. After attending Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, he worked for Life magazine, Paris Match, The Sunday Times, Time, Newsweek, Stern, and The Saturday Evening Post as a photojournalist.

Ferdinando Scianna

Ferdinando Scianna started taking photographs in the 1960s while studying literature, philosophy and art history at the University of Palermo. It was then that he began to photograph the Sicilian people systematically.

Jerome Sessini

Jérôme Sessini builds a passion for photography, discovering
documentary photography through books shown by a friend, a
photographer. He initiates his own practice, shooting people, landscapes
and daily lives of those around his native Eastern France (with Diane

David Seymour

David Szymin was born in 1911 in Warsaw into a family of publishers that produced works in Yiddish and Hebrew. His family moved to Russia at the outbreak of the First World War, returning to Warsaw in 1919.

W. Eugene Smith

William Eugene Smith was born in 1918 in Wichita, Kansas. He took his first photographs at the age of 15 for two local newspapers. In 1936 Smith entered Notre Dame University in Wichita, where a special photographic scholarship was created for him.

Jacob Aue Sobol

Jacob Aue Sobol was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1976. He lived in Canada from 1994-95 and Greenland from 2000-2002. In Spring 2006 he moved to Tokyo, living there 18 months before returning to Denmark in August 2008.

Alec Soth

Alec Soth’s work is rooted in the distinctly American tradition of ‘on-the-road photography’ developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Stephen Shore. From Huckleberry Finn to Easy Rider there seems to be a uniquely American desire to travel and chronicle the adventures that consequently ensue.

Dennis Stock

Dennis Stock was born in 1928 in New York City. At the age of 17, he left home to join the United States Navy. In 1947 he became an apprentice to Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili and won first prize in Life's Young Photographers contest. He joined Magnum in 1951.

Zoe Strauss

Born in 1970 in Philadelphia and the first member of her immediate family to graduate from high school, Strauss was given a camera for her 30th birthday and started taking pictures of life in the city’s marginal neighborhoods.

Suzanne Szasz

Ms. Szasz, whose original name was Suzanne Szekely, was born in 1915 and moved to the United States after World War II, taking up photography with a borrowed camera in New York in 1947 while working as a counselor at a children's summer camp.

Nicolas Tikhomiroff

Nicolas Tikhomiroff was born in Paris to Russian "émigrés" parents. He spent his school years in a special boarding school for children of a similar background: those with Russian as a first language, followed by French.

Larry Towell

Larry Towell's business card reads 'Human Being'. Experience as a poet and a folk musician has done much to shape his personal style. The son of a car repairman, Towell grew up in a large family in rural Ontario.

Peter van Agtmael

Peter was born in Washington DC. He studied history at Yale, graduating with honors in 2003. 

Since 2006 he has primarily covered the 9/11 Wars and their consequences, working extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan and the USA.  

John Vink

John Vink studied photography at the fine arts school of La Cambre in Brussels, in 1968. He has been a freelance journalist since 1971.

Alex Webb

Alex Webb became interested in photography during his high school years and attended the Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, New York, in 1972. He majored in history and literature at Harvard University, at the same time studying photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

Donovan Wylie

Born in Belfast in 1971, Donovan Wylie discovered photography at an early age. He left school at sixteen, and embarked on a three-month journey around Ireland that resulted in the production of his first book, 32 Counties (Secker and Warburg 1989), published while he was still a teenager.

Patrick Zachmann

Patrick Zachmann has been a freelance photographer since 1976 and member of Magnum Photos since 1990. He has dedicated himself to long-term projects on the cultural identity, memory and immigration of different communities.