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The Magnum Digest: What Not to Miss This Week: January 28, 2018

New published work by Matt Black and Peter van Agtmael, Susan Meiselas on Carnival Strippers, Gerda Taro news, David Lynch and more

Matt Black Country road. Dewey County, South Dakota, USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

States of Vulnerability

Matt Black‘s country-wide project documenting poverty in America continues. The latest trip for Geography of Poverty has been published by TIME, along with notes from his personal diaries. See it here.

Peter van Agtmael Joe Cronin on his ranch in the Malheur National Forest. Oregon, USA. 2017. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

The Ranchlands of Oregon

Peter van Agtmael travelled to the ranchlands of rural Oregon for The New York Times, photographing the lives of people who believe that their way of life is under threat. See the full feature here.

Peter Marlow Miners leave pithead after a shift underground. Tower Collery, Wales, Great Britain. 1996. © Peter Marlow | Magnum Photos

The Closing of Tower Colliery

BBC Wales marks a decade since the closure of the last deep coal mine in Wales. On 25 January 2008, Tower Colliery in the Cynon Valley officially closed. The story of Tower was made famous when its miners bought the ownership of the colliery in January 1995. During the same period, photographers Martin Parr (1993) and Peter Marlow (1996) both visited the mine to document life underground at Tower. See the photo gallery here.

Robert Capa © International Center of Photography Gerda Taro with stone inscribed "PC". Spain. 1936. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos

Gerda Taro Photo Mystery

The Guardian has unearthed a photograph proposed to be Gerda Taro being treated by a doctor on what could be her death bed. The photographer covered the Spanish civil war with her partner Robert Capa, and died the day after becoming fatally injured while covering a fierce battle in Brunete, west of Madrid. It is believed that she was the first female photojournalist to die in combat. Read The Guardian‘s article on the mysterious photograph here.

Susan Meiselas Director David Lynch and actress Patricia Arquette from the film "Lost Highway" at the Sundance Film Festival. Park City, Utah, USA. 1997. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

David Lynch by Susan Mieselas

The Guardian considered the context of this portrait by Susan Meiselas of director David Lynch and actress Patricia Arquette at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, when Lost Highway was debuted. Read the article here.

Susan Meiselas Tentful of marks. Tunbridge, USA. 1974. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

Susan Meiselas on shooting Carnival Strippers

The British Journal of Photography spoke to Susan Meiselas about the time she spent photographing and interviewing women who performed striptease for small town carnivals in New England, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. As she followed the girl shows from town to town, she portrayed the dancers on stage and off, photographing their public performances as well as their private lives. She also taped interviews with the dancers, their boyfriends, the show managers, and paying customers. Read the feature about the making of the work here.