The Magnum Digest: April 13, 2018

A glimpse of Korea's DMZ, humanitarian crisis in Lake Chad, the future of photojournalism, and more from Magnum's global roster of photographers this week

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Moises Saman View from a South Korean military observatory inside the DMZ of the North Korean mountain range near the North Korean city of Kaesong. DMZ, South Korea. 21 March, 2018. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos

Moises Saman photographs the Korean Demilitarized Zone

Saman’s photographs of the DMZ for TIME‘s article “What Kim Jung Un Really Wants from President Trump” offer a rare glimpse into the no man’s land dividing North and South Korea.

Read the full article here.

Moises Saman A fence with decorations next to a live mine field inside the DMZ. DMZ, South Korea. March 21, 2018. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos

The Consequences of Boko Haram: A Humanitarian Crisis

“The effects of the nine-year Boko Haram insurgency reach into four countries and millions of lives, and it is by no means over.” For the Guardian, and in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, four Magnum photographers traveled to the Lake Chad region to document the dire conditions of a population – an estimated 17 million – uprooted by Boko Haram, with 7 million going hungry.

Read the full article here.

Lorenzo Meloni A view of the refugee camp of new arrivals coming from the Nigerian islands of Lake Chad. Dar al-Kheir, Chad, August 2017. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

India’s First Openly Gay Prince

Sohrab Hura created a portrait of Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s first openly gay prince, for an article entitled “How India’s First Gay Prince is Saving LGBTQ+ Youth” published by magazine Them. The young prince has announced plans to turn his palace into a center for LGBTQ+ citizens, in a country where same-sex relations are illegal.

Read the full article here.

Sohrab Hura Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil. He is the first openly gay prince in the country, where same-sex relations are illegal, and has announced plans to turn his palace into a center for LGBTQ+ citizens. R (...)

The Future of Photojournalism

Susan Meiselas meditates on what motivates her work, her legacy, and the future of photojournalism, in a recent article on PDN, which celebrates her current traveling retrospective, Mediations. “The exhibition also demonstrates how Meiselas has found ways to extend narratives beyond a photographic frame by using audio, film and archival materials to build layered stories that include multiple perspectives,” writes Sarah Stacke.

Read the full article here.


Susan Meiselas “This image has always sparked a memory of reflection for me. It was the first time I felt a subject was using me to make the photograph they wanted so that their message could get out. It was take (...)

RFK’s Funeral Train, 50 Years On

Celebrating the opening of Paul Fusco’s exhibition at SFMoMA last month, The New Yorker looks back at the photographer’s seminal work. Shot on a last minute assignment from Look, “for the eight hours it took the train to get to Washington, he shot picture after picture of the crowds who came out to witness Kennedy’s body being carried to its grave,” writes Louis Menand.

“In 2018, looking back at those images, as the train approaches the terminal and the light begins to fade, you realize that you are watching the final hours of the great Democratic coalition that had dominated American politics since the election of Franklin Roosevelt, in 1932—the coalition that would fracture six months later with the election of Richard Nixon, and which is now as dead as Robert Kennedy.”

Read the full article here.

Paul Fusco Robert Kennedy funeral train. USA. 1968. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos

Bruno Barbey is received at the Académie des Beaux-Arts

Last week, Magnum member Bruno Barbey was received at theAcadémie des Beaux-Arts, in the company of fellow academicians and photographers Sebastiao Salgado, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and his friends Magnum photographers Jean Gaumy and Abbas, who photographed the occasion.

See more pictures of the day, in the Magnum archive, here.

Abbas Magnum photographer Bruno BARBEY is received at the Academy of Fine-Arts. he wears the academician traditional habit and carries his sword. Paris, France. April 4, 2018. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
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