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Christopher Anderson “In 2008, my first child was born. Up until that point, my photographs as a ‘war photographer’ had been about the experiences of others in far away places. Now, for the first time, I found myself p (...)
Werner Bischof “There is war in Europe. In Switzerland, two people meet in the peaceful privacy of a photography studio — a vibrating mood. The photographer points a projector with a grid film onto the naked tors (...)
Robert Capa Crewman signals another ship of an Allied convoy across the Atlantic from the U.S. to England. 1942.

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” — Robert Capa © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt “You don’t need to see the whole person to produce a portrait that feels revealing, personal and intimate. Sometimes a suggestion or a small detail may fuel the imagination, taking the picture away (...)
Alex Webb “In 1996 after returning from the US-Mexico border, I showed my new work to Rebecca Norris, who I’d been seeing for some six months. When we came to this photograph from Nuevo Laredo, Rebecca smil (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol “I always use the camera for more than taking pictures. I use it as an instrument to create intimacy and closeness in a poetic and direct way. In spite of photography’s seemingly concrete form I tr (...)
Jean Gaumy “My daughter Marie and I discovered this beluga whale in at the New York Aquarium on Coney Island. I was in fact in New York for three weeks, attending that other aquarium, the Magnum Meeting.L (...)
Jonas Bendiksen “The girl playing alone beneath wedding lights in Mumbai's Dharavi slum is not the closest or rawest image I've taken. But it is somehow a subtly tender and magical moment, where I feel like I drif (...)
Antoine d’Agata “Beyond the fundamental hypocrisy of photographic production that feeds on human misery with the pretence of disseminating information or raising awareness, the proliferation of compassionate icono (...)
Ian Berry “While shooting for an African magazine in South Africa, I heard about this café on the outskirts of Johannesburg which had some great African musicians playing there at night. More interestingly f (...)
Jérôme Sessini “This picture of the pianist was taken in Mariupol in June 2015, at the school of music during the rehearsal for the end of year examination.In photography I always look for the very narrow boun (...)
Wayne Miller “When I spotted an interesting scene or situation, I didn’t try to hide myself or my camera. Instead, I often approached the people involved. ‘Please,’ I said, ‘pay no attention to me. Just keep do (...)
Michael Christopher Brown “This year I spent a couple of months in Havana photographing a crew of Cuban disc jockeys who live and work at night. We were curious about each other and I became very close to these young, stree (...)
Carl De Keyzer “USA, New Smyrna Beach: The Church of God of Prophecy.Pentecostal revival held to attract new members for the small church. Here, a nine year old boy is being ‘saved’ by parents and preachers.” (...)
Raymond Depardon Psychiatric Hospital of San Clemente, Venice, 1977.

“Through the window, I noticed the room was empty.

I didn't look for anyone.

I made this image, and then I left.”

— Raymond Depardon © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian “In Iran I get a lot of requests to shoot the lives of young people, as if the way they live is that much different from other youths in the rest of the world. I photograph them in malls, driving c (...)
Carolyn Drake “I find that intimacy comes from conversation, and on good days that may lead to an unexpected moment. After watching bears eat from garbage dumpsters and collecting wolf scat from the forest, I en (...)
Stuart Franklin “It’s a hot summer day. My youngest son Billy, age two, is cooling off in the kitchen sink of his aunt’s house in Anglesey, Wales. Windfall apples, from the orchard outside, lie on the draining boa (...)
Paul Fusco “Photographing Janis Joplin in concert was a very personal experience. I felt connected to her through my viewfinder. Joplin’s performance was so intense that it has stayed with me since the moment (...)
David Alan Harvey “Intimacy can manifest itself in a photograph literally, showing actual intimacy between people, or be implied in the image through an act of deep internalization. A bit more mysterious A tease (...)
Matt Black “When I photograph a place, I return and return again; I drive the same roads, walk the same trails, eat the same food, sleep in the same rooms. Over time, everything becomes intimate and familiar: (...)
Jim Goldberg “On May 1, 2000, my Mom died suddenly (it was due to a doctor's negligence but that’s a whole other story).My daughter Ruby and I got on a plane to Florida to attend the funeral, pack up the hous (...)
Bruno Barbey Students in a chain passing cobble stones for the barricades, Gay Lussac Street. Paris, France. May 10, 1968. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos
Thomas Hoepker “I took the picture in the fall of 1983, at sunset at the old docks in New Jersey with a view towards the World Trade towers in New York City. I had heard that there was a traditional Lovers’ Lane (...)
Sohrab Hura “I think intimacy is more about the photographer himself or herself and the state of being that he or she is in in the given situation, more than anything else. It is an extremely difficult word fo (...)
David Hurn “Photography is the perfect occupation for the shy person. The camera gives one an excuse to be somewhere and it provides something to hide behind.I am shy and come from a Chapel background—uptig (...)
Moises Saman “I took this photograph in 2005, this was a turbulent period in my life marked by selfish decisions and deep personal insecurities. I had been covering war almost continuously since 2001, shuttling (...)
Richard Kalvar “What could be more intimate than a Tokyo sex school (whatever that is), particularly lesson 437B, the Sucking of the Toes? I spent five months trying to become intimate with Japan, but even when I (...)
David Seymour “The reception is over and the guests have left. All except a young couple - two of the young people invited to the Nobel ceremonies to give them a chance to meet the great intellects of the day.” (...)
Peter van Agtmael “I took this picture on the outskirts of Mobile, Alabama. My friend Christian and I had flown to Miami a few days prior after covering the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti that killed 150,000 p (...)
Guy Le Querrec “This is one of the very first pictures I took. It was 1956, at the top of Antibes lighthouse on the French Riviera and I was a young boy. The woman in the middle with her hands in her hair and a b (...)
Constantine Manos “This photograph, which might be entitled ‘First Encounter’, was made on Main Street in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1988 during the annual Bike Week—when thousands of bikers pour into the small town (...)
Susan Meiselas Dressing Room 1, from the series Pandora’s Box. 1995.

“A private moment

becomes more intimate

because I am there” — Susan Meiselas © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Chris Steele-Perkins “In the year 2000 I decided to make a small diary of the year of the new millennium and mix up photographs I took from any of my activities: assignments, projects, family, landscapes, that made a m (...)
Larry Towell “I took this picture of my wife Ann and our daughter Naomi in 1989. Naomi was four years old and our second child. Ann was pregnant with Noah, who would be our third. I’d just gotten into Magnum b (...)
Patrick Zachmann “I like to feel close to the people I photograph. I want to establish a kind of trust and intimacy with them. This young woman was sitting in the front of a cab I boarded during one of my several t (...)
Eve Arnold “The presence of the photographer changes the atmosphere the moment the subject becomes aware of the camera What I learned was not technique, but that if the photographer cares about the people (...)
Bieke Depoorter “By asking people I accidentally meet on the street to spend the night in their home, I often enter in the intimacy of people’s lives. I like to photograph the moment when the night falls and peopl (...)
Micha Bar Am “Communal dining room, Kibbutz Kinneret, 1979.The dining room is the heart of the collective settlement called Kibbutz. It is noisy and lively. I sneaked out to capture this intimate moment: we p (...)
Chien-Chi Chang “You may have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. But for now the best thing to hold on to is each other.” — Chien-Chi Chang © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos
Leonard Freed “It is 1963 and a man crosses a street in Harlem, New York. He must be the father of these children as they follow him in a quick sprint, hand in hand though the neighborhood, safely crossing the s (...)
Erich Lessing “A little girl looks at the bust of Lenin in Poronin, Poland, in the pub where the Central Committee of the Russian Communist party first held its meetings, and which was later converted into a mus (...)
Herbert List “Herbert List had, since 1936, been portraying French artist Jean Cocteau. When he went to see his friend at his new home in Milly-la-Forêt in 1948, Jean had more to show than a historic home. He p (...)
Inge Morath “Antonio Ordonez, praying before the Corrida (bullfight) during the Fiesta San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain, 1954.Inge’s camera is poetic and possesses a clear sense of subjective reportage. She ha (...)
George Rodger In the East End, a young boy wears his steel helmet with pride. London, England. 1940.As a photographer for LIFE Magazine, George Rodger covered many aspects of the Second World War, beginning w (...)
Dennis Stock “Dennis used to say a photograph is sixty percent about the subject and forty percent about the photographer. So what does this 1968 image Dennis entitled Adam and Eve say about Dennis and his view (...)
Thomas Dworzak Do not lean out. Suburban train (Elektritshka). Tuapse-Maikop, Sochi, Russia. 2013."I was traveling up and down the Russian Black Sea coast in the months before the Olympics, on local trains. I (...)
Peter Marlow “It was a while ago but I was on a shoot as part of a branding campaign. My assistant had a friend who had identical, young, blonde, twin boys and we used them in a picture. After the shoot, as we (...)
John Vink “I always wished I could play music. But I don’t. Can’t play. Don’t even try to drag me into karaoke. I can only listen. Good musicians take you to places no other art form can take you. When the m (...)
Olivia Arthur “Intimate photographs take us into worlds and spaces that we would not normally be able to see. They take us into an emotional space that is private to show us something personal about the people i (...)
Gueorgui Pinkhassov “I took this photo on the small Greek island of Antiparos. What is this woman thinking about, who is she, and what is her history with this island?Her hair, her head dissolve into the white wall, (...)
Paolo Pellegrin “L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle.” — Dante Alighieri, La Divina Comedia

“Luna, my daughter, photographed in New York City, 2010.” — Paolo Pellegrin © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
Donovan Wylie “It was my second shoot at the former Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, and I hadn't a clue how to photograph it, what camera, what approach. I was lost, and at that time, completely insecure abo (...)
Hiroji Kubota “Between October 1978, and January 1985, I was given incredible access to China. I visited all the provinces of that vast country in 45 visits. Believe it or not, I was a guest of none but Chou En- (...)
Harry Gruyaert “1983 was the beginning of a new love. Our first trip together was to Tuscany, Italy, in August. I photographed this young couple in Pisa. They looked as if they were from an Italian Renaissance pa (...)
Eli Reed “I shot an assignment for New York Magazine on a Bed Stuyvesant, Brooklyn street with a serious drug problem. There, I ran into a young black woman walking in the street and felt compelled to ask h (...)
Max Pinckers “When it comes to intimate photographs, I become wary of their deceitful character. A good photographer can make a so-called ‘intimate’ portrait or scene of people he or she has absolutely no pers (...)
Burt Glinn "Chicago, Illinois: Two young protestors rest outside the convention hall during the turbulent 1968 Democratic Convention. Burt Glinn was a staunch Democrat from a left wing family. He covered the (...)
Cornell Capa "Many photographers find that to make a living they have to shoot pictures as ‘professionals,’ producing work classified as commercial, about which they don’t really care beyond the obvious; they p (...)
Nikos Economopoulos "Some years ago I was tracing ageing storytellers in the Aegean islands. I came across this 90-year-old woman in Karpathos, one of the remotest and most pristine places in the country. She welcomed (...)
Alex Majoli “Don't observe yourself too closely. Don't be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen.” — Extracted from Rainer Maria Rilke book Letters to a Young Poet © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Tim Hetherington "It’s hard to imagine Tim not making an intimate picture. He approached everyone with curiosity and an open heart that few could resist; he left behind a world of people who knew him as a friend, h (...)
Mark Power "This is a tale of two daughters…One of the many strands of my ‘Black Country Stories’ series is a collection of pictures of glamorous shoes.The Black Country, which lies to the west of Birming (...)

Up Close & Personal: The Most Intimate Photographs from Magnum was an invitation to consider the role of intimacy, as interpreted by over sixty Magnum photographers and estates. The prints were exclusively available to buy for $100 each in the Magnum Square Print Sale from the Magnum Shop from November 9-15, 2015.