December 6, 2011
"Well, let’s talk about John Morris (first picture editor for Magnum Photos). I knew Morris from when he was with Ladies’ Home Journal. He promised me work, and he never gave me work. He said “Look, I think that you can get into Magnum, and I’m going to bring them all down here.” And Cartier-Bresson, and Capa, and Erwitt- they all came down, and they looked at my pictures, and they didn’t say much. But then he called me back a few days later, and he said, “Well, we’ll take you.” He lined up an arrangement for me, and I would make a certain amount of money, and I really couldn’t have done it. I felt that they didn’t really want me, and it was more of a personality thing. And he said to me, “You know, you should learn to take more vertical pictures, because we work for magazines.” I never forgot that. "

-Robert Frank on declining membership to Magnum

Interview excerpt from Photography Within the Humanities by Eugenia Parry Janis & Wendy MacNeil, 1977

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