The last feature specified by these photography legends was the bags' design: understated to ward off theft. A camera bag can easily contain $25,000 worth of equipment and it's important that the bag look inconspicuous. While juggling ridiculous good looks and anti-theft aesthetics might seem like a zero-sum game, Filson has made it work, creating a good-looking bag that doesn't draw attention to itself, just like a good photojournalist.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is Supercompressor's Gear editor. He spent way too much time browsing the work of Magnum photographers while writing this post. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.