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Magnum 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

From stocking fillers to grand gestures, the Magnum Photos Shop has a trove of gift options for the collector, photographer and photography lover alike

Alec Soth Peter's houseboat. Sleeping by the Mississippi. Winona, Minnesota, USA. 2002. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

The Magnum Shop‘s carefully curated holiday gift guide offers inspired suggestions for your holiday shopping. Browse the selection – much of it only available on Magnum – and see our picks below.

For Under $50

With an array of fun, photography-themed items at lower prices, the Magnum Shop has a range of gifts which make perfect stocking fillers. From a tote bag sporting Henri Cartier-Bresson’s words of wisdom, to an Elliott Erwitt fridge magnet, and notebooks and stationary perfect for taking field notes, you can add some photo-specific items to the gift lists of photography fans.

You can browse gifts under $50, here.

Martin Parr | Common Sense Zurich, Switzerland. 1997. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Gift lifetime access to The Art of Street Photography online course

Magnum Photos’ first online course offers expert advice to any aspiring or working photographers, and photography lovers alike. The Art of Street Photography offers ten video lessons which span a variety of themes from framing, to editing, to approaching the street, led by seven Magnum photographers alongside industry experts. You can now gift the course to your friends and family for $99. Find out about Magnum’s longstanding association with street photography here, and discover more about the course here.

For Book Lovers

The photobook is seen by many as the ideal format for viewing, as well as understanding, a photographic project. Unsurprisingly then, the photobook has been a hugely important vehicle for publishing Magnum photographers’ work over the decades. From brand new bodies of work, like Sohrab Hura’s Look It’s Getting Sunny Outside! to republished classics such as Alec Soth’s Niagara, or original copies of Bruce Gilden‘s Coney Island, the Magnum Shop presents an opportunity to buy some of the best-loved photobooks of all time, many signed by the photographers who made them.

Browse the books of 2018 on the Magnum Shop here, and see the full collection here.

See our list of every Magnum title released in 2018, here.

Alec Soth Two towels. Canada. 2004. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

Rare Finds

For the collector or expert, rare and difficult-to-find items make for memorable gifts. The Magnum Shop has sourced out-of-print titles, as well as limited runs of original print products – including a special edition of Jonas Bendiksen’s The Last Testament which comes with a limited edition print – and autographed seminal works like Thomas Hoepker’s book on Mohammad AliChamp.

As well as books, the collection of rarities features Magnum Distro print sets, which hark back to the analogue era of photo editing. These distros have been created for select stories by Magnum photographers from Bruce Gilden and Paolo Pellegrin to Matt Black and Christopher Anderson.

Shop for these rare finds and more here.

Thomas Hoepker Muhammad Ali in a boxing outfit posing for studio photographer. 1966. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos

Exclusive to Magnum

Many items on the shop are only available via Magnum. Contact sheets, by setting famous images in their immediate context, can provide insight into a photographer’s working and editing process. Contact sheet prints featuring some of Magnum’s best-known work, from Martin Parr’s Bad Weather series to Elliott Erwitt’s much loved Chihuahua, are available for purchase exclusively via the Magnum Shop. Other special items include Magnum posters, signed multi-photographer books, and special project products like Magnum’s Postcards from America boxset.

Shop for exclusive Magnum products here.

Martin Parr Signed Contact Sheet Print: "Bad Weather," Dublin, Ireland, 1981 © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

For the print collector

Much of Magnum’s storied archive of images is available for purchase in the form of collectors prints. All of our fine prints are verified, and stamped or signed by the respective photographer or their Estates. Carefully curated collections of prints made available on the Magnum Shop this year include fine and platinum prints released to mark Elliott Erwitt’s 90th birthday; and a selection of images relating to Life by the Sea– a series of articles exploring society at leisure and the pursuit of pleasure on the coast. In addition, Philip Jones Griffiths: In image and text explores the breadth of the photographer’s career ten years on from his death.

You can see all available fine prints here.

Elliott Erwitt The Tate Gallery. London, England. 1993. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos


For big fans of Magnum, bundles are a great way to save on books and other accessories. Grab a travel set including a Martin Parr Make-up bag and a Henri Cartier-Bresson tote together and save 15%; buy Alec Soth’s Sleeping by the Mississippi along with Niagara, or Jacob Aue Sobol’s By the River of Kings along with his set of Distro prints and save on all items.

View all bundles here.

All books, unframed contact sheet prints and unframed posters ordered before December 13 will ship no later than December 19. Delivery times may vary. For special requests, please email the Magnum Shop at

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