Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: April 2, 2021

Moises Saman and Lorenzo Meloni photograph the Pope in Iraq, Yael Martinez’s work on The New Yorker, and Bruce Gilden photographers skater fashion for Numéro

Moises Saman Pope Francis is welcomed by Iraqi President Barham Salih, at the Presidential Palace in Baghdad during a welcome ceremony shortly after his arrival in Iraq. Baghdad. Iraq. March 5, 2021. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos

Moises Saman and Lorenzo Meloni photograph papal visit to Iraq

The first ever papal visit to Iraq took place last month. Pope Francis toured several places around the country including Baghdad, Qaraqosh and the ancient city of Ur. Moises Saman photographed the visit for National Geographic, while Lorenzo Meloni documented the visit for De Standaard.

Moises Saman Preparations underway for the historic visit of Pope Francis to Qaraqosh, a Christian town that was taken by ISIS in 2014, forcing its residents to flee.Qaraqosh. Iraq. March 3, 2021. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos

You can see Saman’s work here, and Meloni’s work online here, as well as in a six-page spread in the March 13-14 print edition of the De Standaard weekend.

Lorenzo Meloni Children play in a pilgrimage site. Qaraqosh. Iraq. March 2021. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

Yael Martínez’s long-term project featured in New Yorker

The New Yorker magazine has featured an piece exploring Magnum 2020 nominee Yael Martinez’s ongoing project. The House That Bleeds explores families’ grief following the forced disappearances of loved ones as a result of organized crime. Martinez is interviewed by the magazine for the article, which you can read online here.

Yael Martinez Self portrait with my daughter and a presence of a hanging man. Taxco, Guerrero. Mexico. 2013. © Yael Martinez | Magnum Photos

Bruce Gilden’s images in Numéro Homme

A fashion editorial story for Numéro Homme was recently photographed by Bruce Gilden. The images, featuring models on the streets of New York, explore skater style. See the images in Numéro Homme’s print issue number 41.

Bruce Gilden Numero Homme Fashion Shoot. NY. USA. Dec 2020. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Numero Homme Fashion Shoot. NY. USA. Dec 2020. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos

Bieke Depoorter’s new book on pre-sale now

The project by Bieke Depoorter which follows the Magnum photographer and her friend and collaborator, Agata, through a multiple-year-long artistic exploration sees itself released as a new publication this month. You can find out more about the book and preorder it here.

Cover of 'Agata' by Bieke Depoorter

Peter van Agtmael shares his Covid-19 year for Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair recently published a selection of images from six photographers depicting life in the US for the past year under the restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Peter van Agtmael contrinbuted his images of a funeral service, reflecting, “There’s no real modern precedent for this pandemic, and while depravity and callousness have often been on display, so have courage and love.” See more here.

Peter van Agtmael Francisco James, a resident funeral director at Leo Kearns, in an overflow room where makeup is applied to the deceased before viewings and burial. Because of COVID19 (the novel Coronavirus), ther (...)

Peter van Agtmael speaks to Buzzfeed about his new book

Sorry for the War, the new photobook by Peter van Agtmael, is an exploration of the violence afflicted by the US at home and internationally over the past two decades. Van Agtmael was interviewed by Buzzfeed about the project. “So much of this work is about the forms of subtle violence that create and sustain conflict,” he tells the website. Read the Buzzfeed piece here, and read a conversation between van Agtmael and photographer Tanya Habjouqa about the project and its follow-up booklet, 2020, on Magnum here.

Peter van Agtmael From 2020. The Kentucky Derby during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Churchill Downs, which normally packs 125,000 attendees, was empty but for staff, trainers, owners, and media. USA. Louisville, Kentucky. (...)

Rafal Milach photographs Adam Bodnar for Morgenbladet

Norwegian weekly newspaper Morganbladet has featured a profile of civil worker Adam Bodnar, which is accompanied by images taken by Rafal Milach. You can see more on the story online — in Norwegian— here.

Rafal Milach Poland, Warsaw 23.03.2021 Adam Bodnar lawyer, educator, and human rights activist. He has been a Polish Ombudsman for Citizen Rights between 2015-2021 © Rafal Milach | Magnum Photos

Thomas Dworzak’s Zoom photography on The Atlantic

The Atlantic has featured a story on communication through video calls over the last year of the pandemic, which explores images from Thomas Dworzak’s series about how life continues over Zoom. Read the story here.

Thomas Dworzak Internet, Germany, 2020/4. Coronavirus crisis. Confinement. Lockdown. Church service on zoom. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos

Newsha Tavakolian nominated for World Press Photo

World Press Photo has selected Newsha Tavakolian as a nominee for its 2021 photo contest, in the category General News, for an image from her story following the mourning of General Qassem Soleimani in January 2020. See all of the nominees in each category on their website here.

Newsha Tavakolian Iranian women gathering on a staircase, mourning the death of Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani during a ceremony in Tehran's Grand Mosalla Mosque on Sunday evening. Tehran. Iran. January 6, 2020. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos

Magnum Dogs in The Times and Digital Camera World

A new group publication by Magnum features various images of dogs thoughout its 70-plus-year-spanning archive of images. The Times has featured a gallery of photographs from the book – which you can see here, and Digital Camera World has published its view on the book online here. See more images from the book on Magnum here.

Thomas Hoepker USA. New York City. 1983. A dog in costume with a cigar at the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos

Sim Chi Yin’s work on show at the Guangzhou Image Triennial

One Day We’ll Understand, the project by Sim Chi Yin, went on display this week in China at the Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021. Themed ‘Intermingling Flux’, the triennial aims to explore the relationship between human beings, technology and ecology. Sim’s project investigates familial history and collective memory through photographs, archival images and multimedia. Find out more about the Guangzhou Image Triennial here and read more about Sim’s work here.

Sim Chi Yin From "One Day We'll Understand", 35mm, digital. 2017. © Sim Chi Yin | Magnum Photos

Susan Meiselas and Elliott Erwitt images feature on Rockefeller Center flags

The Flag Project, the public art installation at New York’s Rockefeller Center which launched last year via a crowdsourced submission process, returned this week. This iteration was based on photography, and nine flags by New York-based image-makers were selected by Aperture to feature outside the landmark building, which included Susan Meiselas’ photograph of the Prince Street Girls, and Elliott Erwitt’s street-level snapshot of two dogs and its owner. You can see the flags on display until the end of this month.

Susan Meiselas Dee and Lisa on Mott Street. Little Italy. New York City. USA. 1976. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt New York, New York. USA. 1974. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos