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 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.
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.
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.
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.