Veteran photo editor to auction historic news images

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The veteran photo editor John Morris is to auction his collection of historic news images to call attention "to the true value of photojournalism and that kind of photography which has not been recognised well in the past".

The 94-year-old told the BBC World Service he collected the 230 photos and prints by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lisa Larsen and many other distinguished news photographers over a period of 75 years.

The 230 images are to come under the hammer in Paris on Saturday in what Mr Morris called the first auction of a private collection of photojournalism.

It includes a rare print of a gypsy wedding in Slovakia by distinguished war photographer Robert Capa, taken in 1947.

Mr Morris, who helped to set up photography agency Magnum and worked for the New York Times, Life magazine and other publications, told the BBC he hoped to raise the interest of collectors who had until now focused on historical and art photography.

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