Originally Posted by kbg32
I hope they treat them better then they did in the NY office.
Your comment has certainly perked my interest. I was wondering if you could expand on that and tell me some of the inner workings of that inner sanctum. I am genuinely interested in that mythical beast of the photography world and would welcome with open arms some tid bits of information that goes on there behind closed doors.
I have read in one photography books that some of the arguments during their yearly selection process were not for the faint hearted. I read on the internet somewhere in an article on Magnum by a journalist that Dennis Stock (not certain that it was him) and Bruce Davidson (certain that it was him) once went at it, with Davidson arguing that Stock was selling out Magnum's artistic values by going commercial. Or it could have been Herb List. I'm not sure.
When you insinuate that they were treated poorly, I gather that you don't mean that Koudelka was getting too rowdy after too many wines and spilling his plonk on an original Bresson of the guy jumping the puddle at the train station. Maybe that guy jumping the puddle had too much red because who would willingly jump into a puddle in the first place??
It all adds and confirms my private suspicion that that photo was a setup. There were rumours in the french magnum office in the 80's that HCB had got one of his surrealist cafe buddies to pose for that jump. Perhaps that was Capa jumping the puddle^^
Besides, I heard that the office had special fireproofing done and temperature control for all of the negatives. I guess that doesn't account for shaky hands after too many drinks damaging the prints, because a lot of those guys in the early days did enjoy a drink or two. I guess that is how the Magnum name came about, after the champagne. That would be the fun huh? a few drinks with Capa if he were still around...
So, please share your secret knowledge of that hallowed chamber, because I am all ears>