Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: April 26, 2019

Alex Majoli’s 'Scene' closes in Paris, Alec Soth for WIRED, Cristina Garcia Rodero on Topic, and more from Magnum photographers this week

Alex Majoli Scene #2233. Rice Farmer. Tulas Village. India. 2015. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

Last Chance to See ‘Scene’

This weekend is your final chance to catch Alex Majoli’s show ‘Scene’ at Le Bal in Paris before it closes on April 28. Find the exhibition details here.

Read an interview with Majoli about this body of work, which explores the liminal areas between theater and reality, art and reportage, here.

You can buy a signed copy of Scene on the Magnum shop here.

Alex Majoli Scene #0435. Republic Of Congo. 2013. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

Alec Soth for WIRED 

Alec Soth turned his camera upon his home state of Minnesota – specifically the city of Minneapolis – to trace the story of what is widely believed to be the first Bitcoin-related murder for WIRED. Read the compelling story and see Soth’s images here.

Read Alec Soth discussing his latest book on Magnum here. Purchase a signed copy of I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating on the Magnum Shop here.

Alec Soth Minneapolis, MN. USA. 2019. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

Cristina Garcia Rodero on Topic

The religion-focused work of Spanish photographer Cristina Garcia Rodero has been featured by Topic. Explore Rodero’s work, featuring a rural Spanish village, where residents parade with ancient icons like wax heads, alongside leaping devils, daisy kings and Catholic saints, here.

Cristina Garcia Rodero | Between Heaven and Earth The Trinity. Lumbier, Spain. 1980. © Cristina Garcia Rodero | Magnum Photos

“The New Londoners” on National Geographic

Chris Steele-Perkins spent over four years making portraits of families living in London whose origins span the globe, with the aim of photographing people from every country in the world. The project resulted in a book, as well as several exhibitions, and has now been featured by National Geographic. Read the feature here.

Read an interview with Steele-Perkins about the project on Magnum here.

Visitors to London can see the work on show at The British Library until July 7 – more information here.

Chris Steele-Perkins Shahbazi family. Parents are from Iran. Father Ishmael, mother Ruby, daughter Nadia, Oldest son, Yashar, youngest Daniel. dog, Monty. London. England. GB. 2014. © Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos

David Hurn’s Final Public Talk

The Welsh branch of the Royal Photographic Society recently announced that a forthcoming talk by Welsh Magnum photographer David Hurn will be his last public address of this sort. Find more information about the event here.

Read Magnum’s interview with David Hurn on his love of Wales and why he has bequeathed his collection of photography to the country’s national museum here.

David Hurn A large farming family pose as one of the junior members take their photograph under the guidance of the photographer Sue Packer. The family get together at least once a year for a party (in this c (...)

Inge Morath Award Closes Soon

The Inge Morath Award closes for entries on Tuesday April 30. The prize is a $5,000 grant for a female photographer under the age of 30 to support the completion of a long-term documentary project. More information and application instructions can be found here.

Read an exclusive extract from a recent biography of Inge Morath, which explores her earliest days with Magnum, working in Spain under the at times gruelling tutelage of its co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson, on Magnum here.

Inge Morath Horse market. Pamplona, Navarre. Spain. 1954. © Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

W. Eugene Smith Grant Closes Soon

Entries for the 2019 W. Eugene Smith Fund grant, Howard Chapnick grant, and Smith Fund grant for student photographers close on April 30th. The W. Eugene Smith grant is to help a photographer begin a photographic project or to help complete a body of work in progress. The W. Eugene Smith grant for student photographers is designed to encourage and support students whose photographic work renews the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic and compassionate photography.

More information and applications here.

Learn more about W. Eugene Smith’s approach to photography on Magnum here.

W. Eugene Smith Members of the Guardia Civil, the rural police force in charge of patrolling the countryside. From the Spanish Village photo-essay. Deleitosa, Spain. 1951. © W. Eugene Smith | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden in Conversation

Magnum photographers Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden sat down for a chat at Parr’s foundation in Bristol, England, recently. See the pair’s “sofa session”, where Parr quizzes Gilden about his initial entry into photography, what draws him to the people he chooses to photograph, and his characteristic use of the flash, on YouTube here.

Bruce Gilden The bare backs of men walking down the street, casting shadows on the people in front of them. Coney Island, New York, USA, 1976. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
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