Ten New Photobooks From Magnum
Chilli Power highlights a selection of the best new Magnum books from or about the agency's photographers, published this Fall.
Paris Photo has been a highlight of the photography calendar for a quarter of a century now, evolving to become much more than an art fair for collectors, now encompassing talks, exhibitions and awards, and inspiring satellite events that bask within its orbit. Books now occupy center stage, both at the fair, where publishers such as Aperture, Mack and RVB will present their latest editions, and elsewhere, at Polycopies and Offprint, dedicated to indie publishers and artist editions.
Here, below, we showcase 10 new books from or about Magnum photographers, all of which will be presented during Paris Photo.
Many will also feature during Magnum’s own book fair at our Paris Gallery on Saturday November 12.
Les Anglais/The English
Accompanying Reconciliation, an exhibition at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, The English pairs the work of the late, great French photographer with Martin Parr, featuring work they both made in the north of England, decades apart. Cartier-Bresson once described their diverting approaches as being from “two different solar systems,” and the book (co-published by Delpire and RRB) makes this distinction clear through its recto-verso design. And yet, despite their apparent differences in approach, the passage of time renders their work startlingly similar.
Nominated for Paris Photo-Aperture’s PhotoBooks for Ukraine award, Another Life (Stanley/Barker) presents images taken by Jim Goldberg during the making of Open See (Steidl, 2009) and recontextualizes them with the accompaniment of Iryna Tsilik’s text. An added feature of this newspaper-format publication is the Wonka-esque golden tickets that have been hidden in five, ready to be traded in for an original Goldberg print. All profits will be donated to Voices of Children.
House of Bondage
Fifty-five years after its original release, Aperture is reissuing House of Bondage, Ernest Cole’s unflinching document of the ravages of apartheid, capturing the everyday violence experienced by black South Africans. The re-edition adds a new chapter of previously unpublished work designed to recontextualize this seminal publication for a contemporary audience.
The second book in Jacob Aue Sobol’s Greenland trilogy, drawing on work made between 1999 and 2002. The first is Sabine (Politiken/self-published, 2004), the modern cult classic that announced him to the world, which focused on the girl he fell in love with, while James’ House (Super Labo) is devoted to the friend who taught him to hunt.
Some Say Ice
Alessandra Sanguinetti’s most recent book (Mack) documents her time in Black River Falls over the past eight years. Taking inspiration from Wisconsin Death Trip, Michael Lesy’s classic of historical non-fiction, Sanguinetti explores photography’s metaphorical relationship with death and its ability to freeze time, allowing those around her to seemingly live forever.
In the middle of the first lockdown in spring 2020, Bruce Gilden had a chance encounter with a group of Black bikers in Brooklyn protesting the murder of George Floyd. This meeting marked the start of a new project, now published as The Circuit (Dewi Lewis) for which Gilden was determined to explore and capture the real ‘bike life’, shot in trademark close-up at their parties and gatherings throughout New York.
The final chapter in the trilogy that Christopher Anderson has been working on for over a decade, following on from Pia and Son. This third book, Marion (Stanley/Barker), focuses on his wife, mother to both children. For Anderson, this wasn’t just a creative exercise, it was an expression of love.
Coinciding with Les Anglais, Delpire is publishing Les Italiens, both debuting at Paris Photo. The work Bruno Barbey made in Italy during the 1960s was the very same that got him into Magnum in 1964, and this re-edition of his 2002 book is a return to Robert Delpire’s original edit in reduced format.
A graphic novel that tells the story of the agency’s founding, Magnum Generation(s) (Éditions Caurette) takes the reader in the footsteps of Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David ‘Chim’ Seymour’s work in the aftermath of World War II, giving context to their images through the blend of comic-book strip storytelling and the actual photographs they made along the way.
Available in both French and English, Between Worlds (Thames & Hudson) features a collection of 75 of Harry Gruyaert’s photographs from the 1970s to present day. The images resemble film stills with their bright colors, seemingly perfectly orchestrated light, and their sense of narrative.
In parallel with Paris Photo, Magnum continues its 75th-anniversary celebrations with a range of free events as Magnum photographers gather in the French capital. Join us at our Gallery, located in the 11th arrondissement on Saturday, November 12 for a program of talks and book signings with Magnum photographers, and come see Déjà Vu, our exhibition (pictured above) featuring the work of Martin Parr and the Anonymous Project.
Magnum Book Fair
Saturday, November 12, 2022
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Magnum Gallery, Paris 11
Join us at the Magnum Gallery in Paris on Saturday, November 12 for the Magnum Book Fair. Talks will take place all morning, and book signings with eight Magnum photographers will take place from 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.
10:00: Magnum Generation(s) Comic Book Launch
Join scriptwriter Jean-David Morvan and two artists as they discuss the new Magnum comic book, Magnum Generations, which tells the story of how Magnum Photos was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. Register here.
10:30: Magnum Photos, 75 Years
Join writer Philippe Séclier and Jordan Alves from Atelier EXB on the history of the book, how they came to publish it, and the stories they discovered along the way. This talk will be in French. Register here.
11:15: Magnum Magnum
Join Andrew Sanigar, Commissioning Editor and Nella Souskova, Associate Editor, from Thames and Hudson for a sneak peek at the brand new edition of Magnum Magnum, due to be released in December. Register here.
11:45: Les Italiens by Bruno Barbey
Join Caroline Barbey, Head of Bruno Barbey’s Estate and Stuart Alexander on the re-edition of Barbey’s Les Italiens, his photographic style, and the story of how he met Robert Delpire. Register here.
12:15: House of Bondage by Ernest Cole
Join Mark Sanders, special advisor to the Ernest Cole Estate and Denise Wolff, senior editor at Aperture to discuss the re-release of Ernest Cole’s seminal publication, House of Bondage. Register here.
15:00–17:00: Book Signings with Magnum photographers
Join Enri Canaj, Sabiha Çimen, Thomas Dworzak, Susan Meiselas, Jérôme Sessini, Jacob Aue Sobol and, from 4:45, Christopher Anderson for book signings throughout the afternoon. Exact timings to be announced shortly.