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Stuart Franklin "This is an image that changed everything because, for me, it crystallised the spirit of revolt. The uprising in Tiananmen Square was one of the most moving events I’ve witnessed. It was a tragedy (...)
Jean Gaumy “I made this photograph in January of 1998 on a Spanish trawler in the North Atlantic. It’s one of the last pictures I took on a traditional trawler. I started photographing on these boats in the e (...)
Paul Fusco “In 1968, I was assigned by Look magazine, where I was a staff photographer, to get on the train bearing Robert F. Kennedy’s remains from New York to Washington, DC. Barred from photographing the K (...)
Constantine Manos “This photograph of children running through the woods is my first serious picture, a moment that marks the beginning of a lifelong search for beautiful and poetic images. It was made on Daufuskie (...)
Martin Parr “In 1982 I bought the newly released Makina Plaubel 55mm fixed-lens camera. With this shift from 35mm to 6 x 7, I also changed from black and white to colour. Later that year, I started my project (...)
Bruce Davidson “This is a photograph from my project East 100th Street. In 1966, I began to document the neighborhood in Spanish Harlem known as ‘El Barrio.’ At first, I met with the local citizens’ committee, Me (...)
Patrick Zachmann “In 1984, I was 29 years old, and I was asked to make work with young kids in Marseille who had dropped out of school, and were suffering domestic or social difficulties. They were almost all teena (...)
David Alan Harvey “This photo, which was the cover of my book (based on a true story), changed the way I worked forever. After this successful book in 2012, I totally changed my methodology. From that point forward, (...)
Larry Towell “My wife Ann and I had been digging during the day, transplanting lilies from the front of this abandoned farmhouse back down the road to where we live. We finished. She was tired and laid in the g (...)
Alex Webb “The sad, vibrant, tragic, beguiling country of Haiti has been key to my photography. After reading Graham Greene’s The Comedians — a novel set in Haiti that both fascinated and scared me — I made (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol “The picture that changed everything? When I fell in love with Sabine and she taught me how to dance. After that moment, I stopped taking pictures to prove anything or to be daring. After that mome (...)
Alec Soth “In March of 1992, I made a road trip down the Mississippi River with my future wife Rachel and our dog Tasha. We traveled from our home in Minneapolis to Memphis. Each night we’d hunt for a discre (...)
Alessandra Sanguinetti “I met Belinda and Guillermina when they were five years old. They were usually fluttering about while I was photographing their grandmother’s animals for my project On the Sixth Day. I’d always sh (...)
Susan Meiselas “This image has always sparked a memory of reflection for me. It was the first time I felt a subject was using me to make the photograph they wanted so that their message could get out. It was take (...)
Antoine d’Agata “I finally understood that photography could pervert reality (being contaminated by the pictorial language) in that hotel room of the Porte Saint-Denis neighborhood in 1998.” — Anotine D’Agata © Antoine d’Agata | Magnum Photos
“The picture made me a vegetarian. But only for a while.” — Elliott Erwitt © | Magnum Photos
Peter Marlow “Very early one morning in 2000, I was dragged out of my bed by my Japanese fixer, the amazingly patient Ito Kadowaki, who guided me through his confusing and ultimately fascinating country. We wal (...)
David Hurn "The mid-’60s was a watershed for me photographically. The flirtation with Magnum Photos had started and I needed to clarify for myself my direction and authorship. I did a set of pictures for Holi (...)
Jim Goldberg “This was in San Francisco, in 1987. A bunch of kids were camped out in the Riviera Hotel – boy hustlers and their sugar daddy. One boy, Tank, showed us his gun. ‘It’s not loaded,’ he said. He poin (...)
Jérôme Sessini “It was my first assignment abroad. I was a young freelancer for Gamma photo agency, and when I arrived at the Gamma offices, the bureau chief needed a photographer to travel to Albania immediately (...)
Mikhael Subotzky “I feel that everything is changing in my work, right now, as I produce more and more images. These changes involve looking forward to new ways of finding narrative through film and installations, (...)
Sohrab Hura “When thinking about a single image that may have changed my life or my photography, I find it impossible to think in terms of specific photographs. What comes to mind are phases that I’ve gone thr (...)
Mark Power “I’d already been documenting the construction of the Dome for some months. I was a resolute black-and-white photographer then, although I was beginning to wonder if this was the right strategy as (...)
Ian Berry "This was the first time I met Mandela. The occasion was the treason trial in Johannesburg. He was acting for the defendants in his capacity as a lawyer. I’d recently arrived in South Africa and wa (...)
Donovan Wylie “The ball bounced. I was home again, in Belfast. That period was a turning point — many balls in the air, the peace process starting and stopping. It was the start of a journey back home.” — Donova (...)
Eli Reed “I was innocent for a brief night after arriving at the camp. I lost it in the early morning hours. I worked with the Spanish branch of Doctors Without Borders and by the end of the day, I was in a (...)
Bruce Gilden “I had wanted to use flash for a long time, but it took me years to try it. I don’t like to do things differently than the way I know how to do them. That’s not because I don’t like change — I just (...)
Chris Steele-Perkins “When do things change so dramatically that they change our lives? Rarely in a moment, other than natural disasters or major accidents. Usually change happens as a build-up, an accretion of experie (...)
Harry Gruyaert "In 1966, I was losing my girlfriend to her new lover. So, I decided to make a movie about her and him, hoping that, when she saw the result, she would understand how much I loved her. Filming her, (...)
Bieke Depoorter “I never felt comfortable with street photography. If I take snapshots of total strangers, it feels a bit like I am stealing something from them. This picture comes from my first book, Ou Menya, wh (...)
Thomas Dworzak “Ever since I was a teenager, I wanted to become a photographer. I wanted to photograph wars. After finishing high school, I took my scholarship money and started traveling: Yugoslavia and Eastern (...)
Thomas Hoepker “People often ask me, ‘What is your most important tool?’ And I reply, ‘comfortable shoes.’ Indeed, most of my pictures were made while walking through a city or a landscape. I found this particula (...)
Nikos Economopoulos “There was a period that I started searching for the familiar in what, until then, had seemed unfamiliar. Turkey — the enemy ante portas of my childhood — unveiled itself as an all too familiar nei (...)
Michael Christopher Brown “This phone photograph was taken outside a bookstore in Beijing in 2010. I was living in China, taking road trips in my Jinbei van. Both that experience and the novelty of the phone was exciting, t (...)
Micha Bar Am “Jerusalem — a divided city, where demonstrations for and against various issues occur regularly. One day, during an Orthodox demonstration against autopsies, I happened to click a few frames while (...)
Gueorgui Pinkhassov “This girl is a designer. A French magazine asked me to do a portrait of her in the context of the work. Before I started shooting, she called. She spoke for a long time and did not wait. At this m (...)
Peter van Agtmael “I took this picture in May, 2008. Having spent the previous few years on a series of embeds with the American armed forces, I had only seen the war through the narrow lens of a foreign military, a (...)
Moises Saman “This is one of my early photographs from Afghanistan. In it, a displaced young man stands on the staircase of the old Kabul Cinema, a building destroyed during the Afghan Civil War of the 1990s. A (...)
Paolo Pellegrin “I can only really reflect on my photography by thinking about it project by project rather than as individual images. But this particular photograph is representative of my time in Kosovo, a body (...)
Abbas “This photo, one of my earliest, was taken in September 1970, in Cairo, where I covered Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s funeral. I did not know it when I pressed the shutter, but it was a d (...)
Chien-Chi Chang “This coveted profession is prone to all sorts of unexpected hazards. Some natural: a lost footing followed by a slide down a dangerous cliff. Some political: the occasional jail detention. Some pe (...)
Jonas Bendiksen “This picture of a burning hut was taken in 2012 while I was working at a small local newspaper in Vesterålen, northern Norway. I can't say this exact photographic moment was a game changer, but it (...)
Hiroji Kubota “I came to know Elliott Erwitt, Burt Glinn and René Burri in 1961, when I was a political science student in Tokyo. I was fascinated by their way of working, and it made me wonder if I could possib (...)
Raghu Rai “Way back in 1969, when I was a young budding photographer, trying to look at the world very closely, I was photographing these boys jumping into a village pond, trying to beat the heat. It was alm (...)
Bruno Barbey “This is an early digital photograph for me. I started shooting digital some 10 years ago. I had been using Kodachrome for decades, but digital techniques offered me many new possibilities and incr (...)
John Vink “It’s been there since I was bitten by the photography bug at 16. I think I have an ability to piece together a long-term story, spread over several years, covering various locations, interrupted b (...)
Richard Kalvar “I had dropped out of college, worked for a photographer, and travelled around Europe taking pictures. I was back at school, trying painfully to get my BA over seven years after having started, and (...)
Erich Lessing “This is from the first election of a beauty queen in communist Poland. The contest for the title of ‘Miss Sopot’ drew such huge crowds that the event had to be moved to the casino of a seaside res (...)
Guy Le Querrec “In my early years as a professional photographer, I had an assignment for Réalité Hachette — a month-long documentary project through Spain. The purpose was to photograph, in color, particular pla (...)
Alex Majoli "Long ago, when my grandmother died, I wanted to bring something to her grave other than traditional flowers, something that mattered to me in a time when I had just figured out what I wanted to do (...)

Leading up to Magnum Photos’ 68th Annual General Meeting, the cooperative’s members were asked to select An Image that Changed Everything. The idea was to give photographers an opportunity to reflect on their careers and identify a single picture that represents a turning point in their lives as image makers. Over fifty Magnum photographers submitted their interpretation of the prompt in the form of a photograph and an accompanying story.

From June 8 to June 12, 2015, these images were made available as SIGNED Magnum Square Prints for $100 at store.magnumphotos.com. Magnum Square Prints are printed on 6 x 6” (15.24cm x 15.24cm) archival paper. They are not editioned by quantity, but editioned by time, as these items will not be made available outside the sale window.