The Magnum Digest: April 23, 2021
Peter van Agtmael documents Mexico border crossing, Alessandra Sanguinetti’s portraits of migrants fighting for rights in the USA, Christopher Anderson depicts Agent Orange victims, plus more
Peter van Agtmael documents Mexico border crossing for The New York Times
The New York Times features a story by Peter van Agtmael this week, in which the Magnum photographer reported on the events at the US-Mexico border in Roma, Texas, where migrants have made attempts to cross into the United States at night. You can read van Agtmael’s text and see his images online here.
Alessandra Sanguinetti on immigration stories for The New York Times
The cover story of the April 11 issue of The New York Times Magazine featured images by Alessandra Sanguinetti. The story follows up on a legal case begun during the Trump administration against the deportation of migrants who continued to reside in the US as the result of a government program called TPS. Read the story and see Sanguinetti’s images online here.
Christopher Anderson photographs Laotian victims of Agent Orange
The New York Times has featured an article exploring the lesser-known story of the Laotian victims of the herbicide Agent Orange, which was used by the United States during its war with Vietnam. Christopher Anderson photographed some of the individuals who suffer disabilities as a result of the chemical’s effects. Read the story here.
Alex Majoli’s fashion editorial and portraits of Hervé appear in GQ
GQ France recently commissioned Alex Majoli to shoot their cover story for their April 2021 issue, profiling the pop musician Hervé, and to take images for their mens’ fashion editorial. See the photographs in the latest print magazine.
Bieke Depoorter at Aesthetica Future Now symposium
Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter headlines Aesthetica magazine’s upcoming event, Future Now, a symposium of talks from 100 artists and industry experts across photography and a range of creative disciplines. Depoorter will discuss how the concepts of agency, ownership and identity manifest within her practice. The event takes place online from April 28 to May 1 – you can read the program and get your tickets here.
Martin Parr shoots cover story for Grazia
Grazia’s recent cover story consisted of a fashion editorial with images shot by Martin Parr, which was inspired by the re-opening of the British high street. Shoppers in the UK have been able to take part in retail in physical stores as a result of relaxations to Covid-19 restrictions. See the story in the April 19, 2021 edition of the print magazine.
Mikhail Subotzky photographs architect Sumayya Vally
Wallpaper magazine features a story illustrated by Mikhael Subotzky’s photographs of Sumayya Vally, the head of the architecture practice Counterspace, in its May 2021 issue. Vally has led the South African company since 2015, and was tasked with the design of the latest incarnation of the Serpentine Pavillion in London’s Hyde Park. Read the piece in the new issue of Wallpaper’s print magazine and online here.
Rafal Milach in L’Obs
A special edition of L’Obs magazine celebrates women’s rights on the 50th anniversary of the publication of the 343 petition calling for the legalization of abortion in France. The magazine shared images by Rafal Milach documenting the work of women’s rights activists in Poland. Read more in the print edition of the magazine dated April 1, 2021.
Lorenzo Meloni’s images of Pope visit feature in The Times
A recent article on The Times explored the joyful images of Pope Francis’s historic visit to Iraq taken by Lorenzo Meloni. Meloni told the paper, “After nearly ten years of working as a photographer in Iraq, probably for the first time I found myself photographing the Iraqi people smiling and rejoicing.” See the article here.
Bruce Gilden photographs designer Alber Elbaz
Wallpaper magazine also included a story on the Paris-based, Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz, which is accompanied by portraits made by Bruce Gilden. Elbaz, who has recently set up a new label, was photographed over Zoom by Gilden. Read more in Wallpaper’s May 2021 print issue.
Bruce Gilden’s Palermo book features in Blind magazine
The latest publication by Bruce Gilden, featuring his documentation of the characters in the Italian city of Palermo and its busy marketplace, Ballero, is discussed in a new article on Blind Magazine. Read it here, and see more images and reflection from Gilden on the project here.
Author Douglas Stuart reflects on the work of Raymond Depardon
Winner of the Booker prize in 2020 for Shuggie Bain, Scottish author Douglas Stuart, recently spoke to Mr Porter about the impact that Raymond Depardon’s photographs had on his writing work. The author interprets ten images from Depardon’s Glasgow series in the piece online here.
Eli Reed wins Sprague Award
The NPPA, or National Press Photographers Association, has selected Eli Reed to receive its most prestigious accolade, the Joseph P. Sprague award. Established in 1949, the award recognizes individuals who advance and elevate photojournalism by their conduct, initiative, leadership and skill, or for unusual service or achievement beneficial to photojournalism and technological advances. Read more about the Sprague Award, and the other photographers who have been highlighted by the organization, here.
Newsha Tavakolian wins third place in World Press Photo award
The winners of the World Press Photo awards were announced this month. Newsha Tavakolian received third place for individual images in the General News category for her photograph from the mourning of the death of Qasem Soleimani in Tehran. See all of the winners here.
Emin Özmen wins Philip Jones Griffiths award
The winner of the Philip Jones Griffiths award was announced earlier this month as Magnum photographer Emin Özmen. Ozmen was selected for his project ‘Hidden’, documenting conflict and the experiences of displaced Kurdish communities in Turkey from 2014 to 2017. Read more on the award’s website here.
Nanna Heitmann wins Olivier Rebbot Award
A story shot by Nanna Heitmann, about the impacts of Covid-19 in Russia, has received the OPF of America’s Olivier Rebbot Award for best photographic news reporting from abroad in any medium. The award’s judges commented, “Heitmann’s stunning photographs documented the ravages and contradictions of the pandemic in Russia with a powerful but sensitive visual voice.” The work was originally published in National Geographic – you can see the story online here, and read about all of the award-winners here.
Danny Lyon’s latest book in the LA Review of Books
The Los Angeles Review of Books has published a look into Danny Lyon’s latest book, American Blood, a collection of essays and memoirs reflecting on his life and major projects. You can read their review here, and find an interview between Lyon and the book’s editor Randy Kennedy, on Magnum here.
Paul Fusco images in documentary on AIDS activism
A new film titled ‘Thanks to Hank’ explores the story of Hank Wilson, a gay rights activist who set up The Ambassador Hotel, in San Francisco, a refuge for people living with AIDS. Magnum photographer Paul Fusco photographed Hank Wilson and the residents of the hotel in 1993 and his images appear in the film, which will be available to stream online from April 30, 2021 here.
Khalik Allah interviewed in The Manual
Men’s culture magazine The Manual recently spoke to 2020 Magnum nominee Khalik Allah about his life, influences and photographic practice. Read the article here.