tour of britain | Rapha

Peter Marlow: Tour of Britain

Photography is everywhere. Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones, social media and digital storage, we communicate through images, in both speed and volume, in ways that, only a decade ago, would have seemed impossible.

Which, perhaps, is why it is more important than ever that, in the Instagram era, an institution like Magnum Photos exists to catalogue and promote some of the very best photography from both the last century and the current one. Among the group of photographers who founded this cooperative agency back in 1947 was Henri Cartier-Bresson, who declared: “Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world… and a desire to transcribe it visually.”

British Magnum photographer Peter Marlow does just that with the images in this collection. Transcribing the curiosities of an eccentric sport (and country), his pictures from this year’s Tour of Britain find intrigue and emotion in the banal and bizarre. From the shattered Rapha-Condor-JLT rider Mike Cuming, to dissipating crowds on Dartmoor, from hosepipes in a car park, to spectating schoolchildren perched on a wall.

Robert Capa, another Magnum founder and who would have been 100 years old this week, famously said: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Peter Marlow’s images here are certainly close enough.


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