From worldwide metropolises to the most remote places of the planet, bicycles are a staple. Magnum photographers have captured cyclists around the world over the last seven decades, be they people commuting to work, children playing or professional cyclists on the Tour de France. The bicycle caught on camera embodies Magnum founding member Henri Cartier-Bresson’s famous ‘decisive moment’; when the bike at full speed enters the frame it is captured by the skilled photographer in just the perfect instance.

This particular edition of Magnum Photos Box illustrates the agency’s long standing documentation of this universal mode of transportation.

Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving

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