Magnum Digest #183

The latest in an irregular roundup of news and goings-on from the Magnum fraternity.

DVK Ronald Van Der Kemp haute couture backstage at Hôtel d'Avaray, Paris, July 5, 2022 © William Keo/Magnum Photos.

Paris Fashion Week
William Keo briefly swapped the devastation of Ukraine, where he has been documenting the civilian aftermath of the Russian invasion, for the catwalks of Paris, capturing behind-the-scenes impressions of the Fall/Winter 2022-2023 presentations for Libération.

Backstage of the fashion week shows, photographers take pictures of the Iris Van Herpen models during the "first look". Paris, July 4, 2022 © William Keo/Magnum Photos.

Photographs that changed the world
Jérôme Sessini’s picture of an Orthodox priest blessing protesters on a barricade in Kyiv in 2014 is one of eight Magnum photographs to appear in The Guardian article, ‘48 protest photographs that changed the world‘, introduced by the political activist George Monbiot.

An Orthodox priest blesses the protesters on a barricade. Kyiv, February 20, 2014 © Jerome Sessini/Magnum Photos.

Remembering Bruno Barbey
Douglas So, founder of F11 Foto Museum and f22 Foto Space in Hong Kong, reflects on his friendship with the late Bruno Barbey in the magazine of the South China Morning Post, recalling their first meeting in 2015, while the Frenchman was promoting his book, China: From Mao to Modernity.

Place of Industry with in the background a statue of Mao and the slogan "Be united in support of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, fight for the Four Modernizations to become real." Che (...)

Cue the applause
The Washington Post is in full praise of Trent Parke’s “stunning” new photobook, Cue The Sun, published by Stanley/Barker. “It’s as if this book, itself an objet d’art with its beautiful production and seemingly infinite scroll of accordion pages, is Parke reaching into the cacophony of life, plucking memorable scenes and then putting them all together for us,” writes Kenneth Dickerman. “The genius of the book lies not in the individual photos but in how those photos are put together — the sum of the parts.”

You can read our interview with the Australian photographer here. The book is sold out most places, but some copies are still available in the Magnum shop.

Trent Parke's 'Cue The Sun', published by Stanley/Barker.

Reversing the lens
Magnum’s 75th anniversary celebrations continue with the opening of a major new exhibition at the Capa Center in Budapest. Magnum 75 reverses the lens and, instead of photographs, focuses on the photographers themselves and their personal stories, presenting texts and anecdotes alongside QR codes through which viewers can personally activate the presentation of the associated images.

Magnum 75 will also be a book, published by Éditions Xavier Barral in September.

The return
The Guardian publishes Patrick Zachmann’s reportage on the return of 26 royal antiquities from France to Benin. Read the wider context here.

The public opening of the exhibition of 26 artworks returned to Benin authorities at the Presidential Palace. Cotonou, Benin, 20 February 2022 © Patrick Zachmann/Magnum Photos.
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