Magnum’s Archive of Once-Orphaned Photos


One of the stranger parts of being a working photographer is that no matter how widely published or successful you are, the vast majority of your images are never seen by anyone else.

Take the Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen, for example. He can take hundreds of images to get just the one or two frames that best render the scene and fit the assignment. He figures that 99 percent of his pictures go unseen, and after a lengthy editing process the rest end up “under the bed.” He’s O.K. with that.

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