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"Died of Magnum"

Anybody noticed the Alert above? I see that Wayne Miller “died of Magnum”. Really? I had no idea it was so dangerous.

by John Louis Lassen Perry at 2013-05-24 21:31:13 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Yeah, I saw that. It didn’t read quite right did it? Or did it?

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 25 May 2013 17:05 | Indianapolis, IN, United States | | Report spam→
A .357 Magnum is quite lethal. So is a full magnum of Moet directed at the head.

by James Colburn | 25 May 2013 17:05 (ed. May 25 2013) | Omaha, Nebraska, United States | | Report spam→
Putting a Magnum over your head might cause suffocation, providing, of course, that Magnums can stretch that much. I’ve never heard of anyone putting a Magnum to this test, but I suppose it’s possible, at least in theory.

by Akaky | 25 May 2013 21:05 | New York , United States | | Report spam→
Hi John. I suppose someone share this link in alerts to give more exposition to the dead of Miller. I always took alerts like something that we can’t left out of our attention, not only something dangerous, simply news that are good to know. But I don’t know if that is the protocol. I put in the past some links to some topics that I find interesting. Always there are alerts that are publicity or propaganda, that is the worst thing about them. But I found sometimes good links to themes of interest. By the way, maybe my comment started by the sympathy that I always had and have for Wayne Miller, sympathy that he built thru his photos. Equal is very confusing the dead of Magnum, I don’t know why he/she don’t put Wayne Miller rest in peace or something.

by Hernan Zenteno | 27 May 2013 01:05 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Hi Hernan; I was just making a joke about the grammar. It’s funny also, because when Capa, Cartier-Bresson, Rodgers and Chim settled on the name Magnum (I believe it was Robert Capa’s idea), they realized that they were referring to both a gun, and an extra large bottle of champagne, and I suppose they all realized that guns and alcohol are both powerful and dangerous. I think they wanted photography to be both powerful and dangerous too. I guess they also thought of the idea of both things being intoxicating, and used in celebrations, and perhaps some even more symbolic considerations. In any case, it was a good name for an agency. I think Capa and the others might well have laughed at the idea of someone having “died of Magnum”. I was an intern at Magnum, many years ago now, and I really did find Magnum inspiring, especially its early history. As to the original alert, which seems to be gone now, I really enjoyed the video it linked up with. Miller was a great photographer, and what he says about seeing and recording the life of his community, family, children and his own life is still inspiring. It’s something that every aspiring photojournalist who posts here seeking to “go see something real and dramatic” should see, and think about. Here is a link, for anybody who missed it;


In any case, I have great respect for Wayne Miller, he was a great photographer, a sensitive man, a man who clearly loved his family, and a man who used his camera to explore human curiosity and experience in a way we can still understand and appreciate today, many years after his shutter clicked, and even now after he is gone.

And you are right; my condolences to the Miller family. And Mr. Miller, wherever you are, I hope you find good light and fine shooting. Thanks and Rest in Peace.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 27 May 2013 17:05 (ed. May 27 2013) | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→

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John Louis Lassen Perry, Photoanthropologist John Louis Lassen Perry
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