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What is the story behind the most famous iconic photos from around the world? A unique and fascinating journey into the contact sheets of the world renowned photographers from Magnum, the legendary agency founded in 1947.

1 Season, 12 Episodes
December 31, 2011
Documentary & Biography
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  • Tartakovsky contacts Vakhtang and asks him to arrange Golenko's escape. He offers him the "stone of power" in return. Vakhtang and his henchmen arrange Golenko's escape during an crime re-enactment. At the same time, the gangsters kidnap Nikolaeva. With the help of Malinin's "visions", the police are able to track down the criminals. An epic shootout ensues for the stones of power.

  • Ilyin tells Malinin and police the legend: in the quarry where the experiment was held, many centuries ago, a Polish king stood against the invincible "White Army". The White Warriors were possessed by priests with the help of the "stones of power". Tartakovsky "sees" Ilyin's conversation with the police and understands that he is about to be discovered.

  • Elliot Erwitt explains how the photo of Nixon and Khrushchev, in a vitriolic conversation among the pavilions of a trade show, became the symbol of the Cold War.

  • Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, revealed by the irreverent look of Bruce Gilden. The photographer that made of the road his main inspiration.

  • Steve McCurry tells of 9/11, as he watched it through the lens of his camera, taking pictures from the roof of his house in Washington Square. His reportage is the incredible testimony of the terrible moments after the fall.

  • The attack to the American Embassy in Tehran is the key event of the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The photo of Abbas synthesizes contradictions and hopes of Iranian people.

  • Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady, governed the UK for 11 years. The photo taken by Peter Marlow, during the Conservative Party Congress in 1981, will turn out to be the most representative portrait.

  • A lonely man facing Chinese tanks on Tiananmen Square is often described as the most famous photo of the 20th century. Stuart Franklin led us to the 5th of June 1989, when the unknown rioter faced the regime.

  • The Beatles, a musical and cultural phenomenon that changed the history of music. British photographer David Hurn takes us to the swinging London introducing us to the legendary photo session with The Fab Four.

  • German photographer Thomas Hoepker, reveals the story behind one of the most iconic pictures in the history of sports: the portrait of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

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