Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: August 28, 2020

Colby Deal speaks to the British Journal of Photography, Nanna Heitmann photographs Russian bathhouses, and Alec Soth’s show opens in Shanghai

Colby Deal From the series, "Beautiful, Still." © Colby Deal | Magnum Photos

Colby Deal interviewed on the BJP

This week the British Journal of Photography published an interview with 2020  Magnum nominee Colby Deal, exploring the work the photographer has made in his neighbourhood, Houston’s Third Ward. Deal, whose practice has been centred on the community around him, tells the magazine that he would like his photography to have an uplifting effect on others. “Just a glance at an image can change your thought patterns — it can change your whole life,” he says. Read the piece here.

Colby Deal © Colby Deal | Magnum Photos

Nanna Heitmann photographs bathhouses for The Washington Post

The Washington Post recently sent Nanna Heitmann on assignment to document Russia’s banyas—traditional bathhouses —during the country’s Covid-19 outbreak, as well as their patrons, who often use the facilities for their health-giving benefits. Heitmann spoke to these patrons about their attitudes to the pandemic and the communal spirit of the bathhouses, now increasingly under-threat. Read the photo story here.

Nanna Heitmann Michetar (left) Roman and Michail (middle) taking a break from the Banja. Rzhevskie-Banja. Moscow. Russia. © Nanna Heitmann | Magnum Photos
Nanna Heitmann Alexandra is massaging her friend Natalia with the "Vennik" (A broom usually made out of birch, oak or fir branches). Rzhevskie-Banja. Moscow. Russia. © Nanna Heitmann | Magnum Photos

Alec Soth interviewed on Time Out Shanghai

Time Out recently interviewed Alec Soth, after the launch this month of Soth’s first solo exhibition in China: The Space Between Us, at the Shanghai Center of Photography. The photographer discusses how his work allows him peeks into strangers’ homes, and compares photography exhibitions to live gigs. Read the Q&A here. Find further information about, and tickets for, the show here.

Alec Soth Charles. Vasa, Minnesota. USA. 2002. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

Magnum portraits of artists on Evening Standard and Dazed

Portraits of icons of the visual art world including Giacometti, Keith Haring, Nam Jun Paik, and Yayoi Kusama in their studios, taken by Magnum photographers, appeared in the Evening Standard and Dazed magazine this week. The pieces coincide with the newly-released Magnum Artists book, which showcases over 200 portraits of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Read the Evening Standard’s piece here, and read Dazed’s piece here.

Alex Majoli Artist and writer Yayoi Kusama in her Shinjuku studio. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, scat sculpture, performance art, and environment (...)