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Text: Eric Hazan

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Paris never ends, as would the writer Enrique Vila-Matas, but if someone has something new to say about the city, those are the photographers of Magnum Photos, the legendary agency founded by Robert Capa, David Seymour and Henri Cartier Bresson.

The images included in this book cover a period of 80 years, ranging from the pictures they took these authors before founding the agency (the oldest is from 1932) to the more recent, showing the Paris of today. Despite all those years apart, the impression received by the reader to browse the book is a rare unity, like Magnum Photos was not a cooperative of photographers of different nationalities and ages, but a mindset.

The Paris who see the authors of Magnum Photos is not scenic, monumental and sensational. Rather, there is a concern they show the city as it is, with its underground and social housing, with its fashion shows and destitute. With its celebrities (find Mitterrand, Dior, Simone de Beauvoir, Genet ...), here photographed without ceremony or glamor, as ordinary men and women captured in their habitat. But above all, this book shows the life of the city in its various forms: intellectual, political or artistic, not forgetting the day, something that photographers of Magnum Photos know portray beautifully.

The photographs are signed by Capa, Cartier-Bresson, Inge Morath, Elliott Erwitt, Raymond Depardon, René Burri, Joseph Koudelka, Sergio Larrain, Martine Frank, Abbas o Martin Parr, among many others. Together they make a multiple look, but above all different, fresh and incisive on the most photographed city in the world.

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