No two Magnum photographers are the same, and what they decide to point their lens at is motived by a myriad of factors. Second to a drive to pick up a camera, comes the inspiration that grips the photographer, sometimes holding their attention for decades or an entire career. How a photographer finds their subject comes about in as varied ways as there are styles in which to photograph. And for many aspiring photographers, finding that spark of inspiration can be the most difficult hurdle in their development.
Here, we present five very different ways that Magnum photographers have found a subject they’ve been inspired to photograph, which has formed the basis of seminal work or has helped to define their signature approach. For readers in search of inspiration for their next project, or more profound guidance on where to take their practice, these stories offer some suggestions. Continue reading.