Two years after the apocalypse that was called the Second World War
ended, Magnum Photos was founded. The world's most prestigious
photographic agency was formed by four photographers - Robert Capa,
Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David "Chim" Seymour - who had
been very much scarred by the conflict and were motivated both by a
sense of relief that the world had somehow survived and the curiosity to
see what was still there. They created Magnum in 1947 to reflect their
independent natures as both people and photographers - the idiosyncratic
mix of reporter and artist that continues to define Magnum, emphasizing
not only what is seen but also the way one sees it.
Arguably the greatest influence on photojournalism in the 20th century, Magnum continues it's work today. To view it's latest news and pictures visit http://www.magnumphotos.com/. On that home page there is a facility to sign up to Magnum's regular newsletters which always include a portfolio of fifty images by a specific photographer. I can highly recommend it.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David "Chim" Seymour - these have always been heroes of mine.