Magnum Digest

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 USA. Roma, TX. A “coyote” helps a migrant boy onto shore after crossing a short stretch of the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States. There has been a massive influx in migrants coming to t (...)

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.

Peter van Agtmael USA. Roma, TX. A migrant and her child drop to the ground and embrace with relief after crossing a short stretch of the Rio Grande River from Mexico into the United States. The culmination of a tr (...)

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.

Cover of The New York Times Magazine, April 11, 2021

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.

Christopher Anderson Laos. Geneva. October 2019. Yen Ly age 17, who suffers from arthrogyrposis, one of the most common deformations caused by dioxins found in Agent Orange, visits her village, Pasia. Her mother wanted (...)

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.

Alex Majoli France. Paris. Fashion for GQ France. February, 2021 © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli France. Paris. February 2021. French singer Hervé. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
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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.

Bieke Depoorter From the project ‘I am about to call it a day’. USA. 2011 “Accidental encounters determined my sleeping places. Each day I tried to find someone new who was willing to host me that night. Mutual t (...)

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.

Alternative cover of Grazia magazine, April 19, 2021
Cover of Grazia magazine, April 19, 2021

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.

Mikhael Subotzky South Africa. Johannesburg. March 2021. Sumayya Vally in Subotzky studio, Maboneng. © Mikhael Subotzky | Magnum Photos

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.

Rafal Milach Poland, Warsaw 26.02.2021 Klaudia Jachira Polish MP, activist and former artist from Koalicja Obywatelska neoliberal oposition party. © Rafal Milach | Magnum Photos
Rafal Milach Poland, Warsaw 26.02.2021 Mola (20), women rights activist. Mola's arm was broken by the police officer during solidarity demonstration with detained protester after one of the Women's Strike prot (...)

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.

Lorenzo Meloni Iraq. Qaraqosh. March 2021. Inside Al- Tahira al-Kubra (The Immaculate Conception) , the chair from where the Pope will celebrate mass. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

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 France. February, 2021. Alber Elbaz. in his studio photographerd remotely. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos

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.

Bruce Gilden Italy. Palermo. 2019. In Ballaro Market. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos

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.

Raymond Depardon Glasgow. Scotland. 1980. © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos

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.

Eli Reed Los Angeles, California. USA. 1985. © Eli Reed | Magnum Photos

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.

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

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.

Emin Özmen Turkey. Suruc. September 2014.

Turkish riot police use tear gas while Syrian Kurds illegally cross the Turkish - Syrian border. © Emin Özmen | Magnum Photos

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.

Nanna Heitmann Russia. Moscow. May 15 2020. Evgenii just moved into the shelter from a social adaptation centre where they said the could only sleep sitting on chairs. Evgenii was robbed just before the quaranti (...)

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.

Danny Lyon Lyon moving his TR6 to New Orleans, 1964. From his film "SNCC". © Danny Lyon | Magnum Photos

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.

Paul Fusco USA. San Francisco. 1993. AIDS at the Ambassador Hotel. Frank arrived only recently. He spends a lot of time looking out on the street. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos

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.

Khalik Allah Self portrait of photographer Khalik Allah. 2018. © Khalik Allah | Magnum Photos