In 1947 four photographers, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour, toasted the founding of what would become the world’s most influential photographers collective over a celebratory magnum of champagne in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

In the past 70 years, 92 photographers have contributed to the story of Magnum and today, 49 photographer members continue to chronicle the world, interpreting its people, events and issues through visual storytelling.

This year Magnum Photos will celebrate 70 years of contribution to photography and world history with a special anniversary programme centred on the three themes of community, witnessing history and Magnum Photos Now. In partnership with LensCulture, and as an extension of the theme of community, we wanted to offer this free guide of advice to our very own community of emerging photographers.

Inside you will find an expansive collection of tips and advice from a selection of Magnum photographers, ranging from learning your craft, to finding your vision, voice and passion, taking risks, and being consistent in working towards your goals.

We hope you find this guide useful and look forward to celebrating our anniversary with you this year.

—Shannon Ghannam
Global Education Manager
Magnum Photos

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