Contact Sheet Print: Gardens of the Meiji temple. Tokyo, Japan. 1951. – Magnum Photos

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A selection of historic Contact Sheets by Magnum photographers are available as high quality, unsigned, contemporary 16x20" prints. These contact prints offer the opportunity to own a piece of Magnum's history.

Gardens of the Meiji temple. Tokyo, Japan. 1951.

“I am trying to tune into the Japanese soul in order to understand the relationships from within. … most Americans approach the problems from the American side, doing everything according to how the Americans see things, and particularly in Japan that is a misleading thing that often resembles a distorting mirror. I believe that we have an intelligent group of reporters at Magnum, and some of us forget this sometimes and publish pieces of work which do no great service to the Magnum name. ‘A big story never pays–that’s right.’ Yes, I am one of those people who love doing such big stories, and I believe that I will never stop doing so, because these big essays give me a feel for the real circumstances in a country.” - Werner Bischof, Letter to Robert Capa, Tokyo, 1951

All Magnum Contact Sheet Prints come with a choice of framing options. These contemporary custom frames are hand-crafted in New York City by expert framers. Please allow an extra 2 weeks for framing your orders.

  • Hand-crafted black, white or coffee brown wooden frame (w: 3/4" h: 7/8").
  • Contact Sheet Prints will be framed full bleed with no additional borders or matting and use archival spacers to create an air pocket between the print and plexiglass.
  • Includes UV plexiglass, which comes with ~99% UV protection.
  • The finished Contact Sheet Prints will then be sealed using archival paper backing, wired to be ready for hanging and come with wall-friendly footers.
Shipping advisory

We advise on a delivery period of up to 3 weeks for your print. If you would like your print sooner, please contact your local print sales representative for stock information. Collectors prints will be listed at retail value for shipping purposes and customs duties on import are at your cost and not included in your Magnum purchase.

  • Contact Sheet Print: Gardens of the Meiji temple. Tokyo, Japan. 1951.

  • Werner Bischof
  • $279.00

Magnum Contact Sheet Prints tell as much of a story as the single image that goes on to become iconic: they reveal the befores, the afters, and the almost theres, that surround some of the most iconic photographs.


A selection of historic Contact Sheets by Magnum photographers are available as high quality, unsigned, contemporary 16x20" prints. These contact prints offer the opportunity to own a piece of Magnum's history.

Gardens of the Meiji temple. Tokyo, Japan. 1951.

“I am trying to tune into the Japanese soul in order to understand the relationships from within. … most Americans approach the problems from the American side, doing everything according to how the Americans see things, and particularly in Japan that is a misleading thing that often resembles a distorting mirror. I believe that we have an intelligent group of reporters at Magnum, and some of us forget this sometimes and publish pieces of work which do no great service to the Magnum name. ‘A big story never pays–that’s right.’ Yes, I am one of those people who love doing such big stories, and I believe that I will never stop doing so, because these big essays give me a feel for the real circumstances in a country.” - Werner Bischof, Letter to Robert Capa, Tokyo, 1951

All Magnum Contact Sheet Prints come with a choice of framing options. These contemporary custom frames are hand-crafted in New York City by expert framers. Please allow an extra 2 weeks for framing your orders.

  • Hand-crafted black, white or coffee brown wooden frame (w: 3/4" h: 7/8").
  • Contact Sheet Prints will be framed full bleed with no additional borders or matting and use archival spacers to create an air pocket between the print and plexiglass.
  • Includes UV plexiglass, which comes with ~99% UV protection.
  • The finished Contact Sheet Prints will then be sealed using archival paper backing, wired to be ready for hanging and come with wall-friendly footers.
Shipping advisory

We advise on a delivery period of up to 3 weeks for your print. If you would like your print sooner, please contact your local print sales representative for stock information. Collectors prints will be listed at retail value for shipping purposes and customs duties on import are at your cost and not included in your Magnum purchase.