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Magnum Photos welcomes you to the Magnum Print Room on October 10th from 6:30pm – 8pm to raise a glass to celebrate the launch of Magnum Streetwise, an inspirational collection of street photography from the world-famous Magnum Photos agency, published by Thames & Hudson.

Please join us by 7:15pm for a short presentation of the book by the book’s editor Stephen McLaren.

The cornerstone of what is now known as street photography – the impulse to take candid, unrehearsed pictures in the public realm – has been part of Magnum’s DNA since its foundation in 1947. Often practised by its photographers simply for the sheer exhilaration of it while off-duty, many of the agency’s members have revelled in the street’s capacity for throwing up micro-dramas that, when seen with the right eye, can resolve themselves into captivating and mysterious photographs whose narrative potential would excite a Tolstoy or a Proust.

Ambitious in scope, democratic in nature, Magnum Streetwise is an unmissable deep dive through the Magnum archive revealing the photographs and practices that have helped define what street photography is and can be.

Magnum Streetwise is a true visual feast, interleaving insightful texts and anecdotes within an intuitive blend of photographer- and theme-based portfolios, exploring not only the work of outstanding photographers but also how common subject matter (places of leisure, marketplaces, travel) and locations (Paris, New York, London and Tokyo) have been addressed, conceptually and practically, across the agency and through the ages.

Magnum Streetwise is an essential addition to the bibliography of street photography, showcasing hidden gems alongside many of the genre’s most famous images.

About the Author
Stephen McLaren is a photographer, writer and curator based in Los Angeles. He is the co-author of three previous Thames & Hudson titles: Street Photography Now, Photographers’ Sketchbooks and Family Photography Now.

Books will be discounted on the night at £20, down from the usual retail price of £28.

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