Tour de France Magnum Photo Essay
July 28, 2006 6:55 AM   Subscribe

Magnum photos of previous Tours de France. A Flash (Friday) evocative photo essay of Tours gone by. With soothing accordian music and light narration to help you forget your doping woes.
posted by OmieWise (11 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Never seen Elliot Erwitt's photo (#35) in this sequence. Damn fine photo. Is that Condy and W in the background? And Rumsfeld in the foreground, leaping: "Don't look there! Look here!" It's, like, a fabulous Champs de Mars musical.
posted by Il Furioso at 7:07 AM on July 28, 2006

Good stuff. I'll add this little archive of TdF stories from Owen Mulholland.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:07 AM on July 28, 2006

Nice shots. And wouldn't the correct French pluralization be "Tours de Frances"? :0) Vendredi heureux!
posted by squirrel at 7:09 AM on July 28, 2006

squirrel: no, since there's only one France being toured. Just like the english plural... Tour of France->Tours of France :)
posted by antifuse at 7:11 AM on July 28, 2006

pretty pictures, but annoying that they don't have the date or more specific locations... would have historically contextualized things tremendously.
posted by yonation at 7:48 AM on July 28, 2006

Excellent - thanks OmieWise! (The whole InMotion site is worth exploring ...)
posted by carter at 7:53 AM on July 28, 2006

True, no dates. But it's fun to guess what approximate year the pic was taken by looking at the pic's contrast and other qualites that date it.

I'm not sure I'm sold on this slide-show format that Magnum is experimenting with. Have they lost confidence in the concept of the still photograph, or have they lost confidence in our ability to maintain attention for more than 3 seconds? Depressing thought, that.

I'd like to see Magnum stand confidently behind the still image. The voice aspect is nice. I'd like to hear, say, Paul Fusco, talk about one particular image, which remains on the screen for a minute or more as he explores the picture and its content/context in depth.
posted by Il Furioso at 8:02 AM on July 28, 2006

I'm not sure I'm sold on this slide-show format that Magnum is experimenting with.

True, I was constantly pressing the pause button.
posted by carter at 8:40 AM on July 28, 2006

the cartier-bresson (#32) photo is marvelous. exhaustion, glory, sex, determination.
posted by the painkiller at 9:49 AM on July 28, 2006

that was beautiful, thank you.
posted by jmgorman at 11:23 AM on July 28, 2006

Yes, this is beautiful. The narrator, Joergen Leth, is also the director of one of the best cycling films of all time: A Sunday in Hell, about the 1976 Paris-Roubaix.
posted by afx237vi at 3:38 PM on July 28, 2006

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