Magnum Contact Sheets is a softcover book that shows the behind-the-scenes of some of history's most iconic photographs. Published by Thames and Hudson just last October of 2017, Magnum Contact Sheets will provide context and a POV inside the editing rooms of this prestigious organization.
Not a lot of photographers in this day and age know what a contact sheet is or what it's for. It may be one thing that's falling into obscurity but it really shouldn't. This book shows how important of a tool contact sheets really are. It's what the most veteran photographers use to scrutinize their work frame by frame — every angle, slight change in lighting or action is critiqued by the photographers themselves and their editors.
It's amazing to see these contact sheet go into print. They give us lessons on how these distinguished photographers edited and improved themselves by carefully reviewing their work. What a beautiful and meticulous method — reading the editors' and photographers' notes, seeing their scribbles and editing markings on the sheets.
As Lomographers, we can't help but see the beauty of the frames that didn't make the cut. After all, we're a community that accepts flaws and embraces imperfections. It's difficult to throw away photos but sometimes, the best of the best need to do that bit.
MAGNUM Contact Sheets
Published by Thames and Hudson
Artwork: 446 illustrations
Contributors: Kristen Lubben