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New Book “Magnum Cycling” Celebrates Cycling’s Top Photographers

Tour de France 1982. The peloton sweeps into Paris and onto the Place de la Concorde past the Hotel Crillon. France. 1982.

Magnum Cycling is a remarkable work which celebrates the moments when world-class Magnum photographers turned their lenses to one of photography’s most rewarding subjects – cycling.

It’s no surprise that some of the world’s finest photographers have shot a bicycle race at some point in their careers. Cycling embodies the elements of a great photograph―the human form, pushing itself to physical extremes, thrilling landscapes, the spectacle of the crowd. It also provides a perfect opportunity for reportage, social documentary, and street photography because it happens in real time, in real life, and in the public environment.

The book is grouped into thematic chapters, featuring works by a range of Magnum photographers―who are among the most prestigious in the world―expertly curated and accompanied by descriptive captions. Each chapter also features a series of photographs by a single photographer, telling the story of an iconic moment, event, or scene . Chapters include: Riders―famous names and characters and what their work is all about; Fans and Crowds―the mixture of young and old, families, and late-night revelers; Racing―what it is to race a bike and be a part of the circus; Events―from the Tour de France to racing around a small Belgian town; Settings―the mountains, the city, and the velodrome; and Winning―the price and spoils of victory.

Magnum Cycling is a celebration of a perfect union between the great artists who have captured those most fugitive elements in cycling: the personalities, emotions, and human endurance. 200+ photographs in color and black-and-white.

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Tour de France 1982. France. 1982.

Tour de France 1982. Two of the Renault-Elf team struggle at the back of the group. France. 1982.

Tour de France. Policing the Tour has always been a huge undertaking and in 2015 around 25,000 Police, Gendarmes and CRS will line the route. France. 1982.

Tour de France 1982. France. 1982.

Tour de France 1982. In the picture, from left to right, Jan Raas the Dutch classics star, Hinault’s loyal lieutenant Patrick Bonnet, Frédéric Brun the Peugeot hardman, Bernard Hinault and Marino Lejaretta. France. 1982.

Tour de France 1982. Belgian Ludo Peeters uses the stage 16 delay to catch up on some sleep. He won the first road stage of the Tour that year – one of three in his ten Tours de France. France. 1982.

Tour de France 1982. The motorcycle police at the Tour de France. France. 1982.

East Berlin. 1974. Start of the "Friedensfahrt" the annual peace-bicycle race on Karl Marx Allee.

 

Magnum Cycling

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