Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: April 30, 2021

Latest wave of Moscow protests documented by Nanna Heitmann, Peter van Agtmael on his new publications in The Atlantic and BBC, plus Abbas documentary streaming online now

Nanna Heitmann Russia. Moscow. April 21 2021. Pro Navalny Protest in the city centre of Moscow. © Nanna Heitmann | Magnum Photos

Nanna Heitmann continues documentation of pro-Navalny protests

A feature on The Washington Post publishes new photographs of protests in Moscow taken by Nanna Heitmann. Last week, demonstrators took to the streets in support of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, continuing a series of protests that took place in February. See Heitmann’s images here.

Nanna Heitmann Russia. Moscow. April 21 2021. Pro Navalny Protest in the city centre of Moscow. © Nanna Heitmann | Magnum Photos

Peter van Agtmael profiled in The Atlantic

The Atlantic has interviewed Peter van Agtmael about his new publication, 2020, and the surreality of documenting life under pandemic conditions over the course of a year. The piece features a selection of images from the publication and discusses the emotional impact of many of the ordinary, yet eerie scenes it depicts. Read the piece here.

Peter van Agtmael USA. Maryland. April 11, 2020. Empty park after they were shut down to prevent the spread of the Corona virus (Covid 19). © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Peter van Agtmael speaks to the BBC about Sorry for the War

A new clip on the BBC features an interview with Peter van Agtmael speaking about his book, Sorry for the War, which explores the effects of America’s foreign policies post-9/11. The photographer talks viewers through specific scenes which left a mark on him while making the project. Watch the video here.

Peter van Agtmael From Sorry for the War. A rehabilitation facility for civilians and soldiers injured in Mosul. It was an idyllic escape from the battle raging a few dozen miles away. Decimated men, women, and chil (...)

Abbas by Abbas now showing online

A documentary about the life and work of Magnum photographer Abbas, directed by Kamy Pakdel, recently aired on German television network DW. The 42-minute film, originally in French, is now available to stream on their website in a new English audio dub. Watch the film on DW here, and read more about the film on Magnum here.

Abbas Indonesia. Sumatra. Palembang. 1989. A young man prays to Allah, his hands offering the Hindu sign of devotion. Many traces of Hinduism remain in Indonesian Islam. © Abbas | Magnum Photos

Unlikely diplomat’s connection with Eve Arnold featured in The Times

This week, The Times tells the unique story of a Thai woman, Sirin Phathanothai, who performed a diplomatic role as a child living in China in the 1950s and ‘60s, and resettled in the UK in the 1970s. The story details how Phathanothai helped Magnum photographer Eve Arnold to gain access to China that was previously unprecedented to journalists. Read more here.

Eve Arnold Permanent wave. China. 1979. © Eve Arnold | Magnum Photos