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The Magnum Digest: December 21, 2018

Moises Saman in Iraq, Bruce Gilden on the street, and more from Magnum photographers this week

Moises Saman A girl stands next to a fence inside the Qayarah camp for internally displaced families. The Qayarah camp houses thousands of ISIS families, mostly women and children of ISIS fighters that have bee (...)

Moises Saman in Iraq

Moises Saman travelled to Iraq for The New Yorker to explore the state’s response to suspected jihadis and their families. Read the feature here.

Moises Saman Children from Mosul stand in front of their destroyed home in the Corniche area of the Old City. The children belong to the Abdullah family, and along with their father and mother visited the rubbl (...)

Martin Parr on The Guardian

Martin Parr spoke to The Guardian about his career, fearlessness, fatherhood, the left-wing bias of photojournalists and being banned from Iran. Read the feature here. You can learn from Martin Parr and other Magnum photographers with The Art of Street Photography here.


Still from The Art of Street Photography online course.

Bruce Gilden on Wallpaper*

To mark the launch of The Art of Street Photography, Bruce Gilden, who provides his advice in the course, spoke to Wallpaper* magazine about the influence of his father on his personal drive, his entry into photography and his career spent pounding pavement.

Read the feature here, and explore The Art of Street Photography here.

Following the influence of his father in the above article, discover how Gilden’s mother shaped his practice, and inspired a body of work now published in the new book Only God Can Judge Me. Read The Washington Post’s write-up here. Read about the project on Magnum here, and buy a signed copy of the book on the Magnum Shop here.


Bruce Gilden New York City. USA. 1986. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos

Gift The Art of Street Photography

You can now gift Magnum’s first online course The Art of Street Photography. Suitable for aspiring and experienced photographers alike, as well as those with an appreciation for photography, The Art of Street Photography sees seven Magnum photographers reflect upon their specific practices and their approaches to working on the street. The course also includes interviews with industry experts, assignments, and workbooks for each lesson featuring further reading, and expanded photographer interviews. Find out more here and select gifting at the checkout.

Susan Meiselas Little Italy. Dee, JoJo. Frankie and Lisa after school on Prince Street. New York City, USA. 1976. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

Alec Soth for The New York Times

Alec Soth’s photograph of a soft toy monkey named Koko, his 16-year-old daughter’s lifetime companion, featured in The New York Times, illustrating a feature extolling the benefits of stuffed animals. Read the feature here.

Alec Soth Stuffed animal. Saint Paul, MN, USA. 2018. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photographers on their Practice

Canon Europe delves into the practices of several Magnum photographers, speaking to Chris Steele-Perkins about his work in Somalia and Martin Parr on his style and vision, while Diana Markosian and Patrick Zachmann offer up their best advice to photographers.

Chris Steele-Perkins Unloading a barge of food aid beached at Merca. The ICRC (red Cross) barge carries 300 tons of rice. oil and deisel fuel. When the barge was offshore overnight, looters took 45 of the 145 barrels o (...)

Bieke Depoorter on Huck

Bieke Depoorter spoke to Huck magazine about her practice, explaining her reasoning behind her collaborative and immersive approach to creating photographs. Read the feature here.

Bieke Depoorter (Translation of text) - You can stay with me no problem, a day, a week, a month. But taking pictures: no. - Sometimes all the borders · customs, traditions, doctrines - can make you lose confide (...)
Bieke Depoorter Text booklet, English version. As It May Be. 2017. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

Emin Özmen on Newsweek Japan

Emin Özmen’s work documenting the ongoing civil war in South Sudan was published by Newsweek Japan this week. Japanese readers can see the feature here.

Emin Özmen People stand near a playground in POC (Protection of Civilians) camp in Bentiu. Unity, South Sudan, 2018. © Emin Özmen | Magnum Photos

Rafal Milach Award Nomination

2018 Magnum nominee Rafal Milach has been nominated in the Polityka Passports Awards 2018 in the Visual Arts category. This annual prestigious Polish award has been presented by the weekly magazine Polityka since 1993. There are six major categories: literature, film, theatre, classical music, popular music, and visual arts. The winners will be announced on January 8th.

Find out more about Milach’s practice here.

Rafał Milach Geometric figures and models triggering optical illusions, partly created by pupils of the chess school located in the Khyrdalan Heydar Aliyev Centre. The structure and observation of these objects (...)

Cristina de Middel in Elle Italy

Official Nobel Peace Prize photographer, Cristina de Middel spent time with this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, exploring how sexual violence has been, and still is, used as a weapon of war worldwide. Elle Italy has previewed some of this work. See it here. More information about the exhibition can be found here.

Cristina de Middel Nadia Murad. Paris, France. 2018. © Cristina de Middel/Magnum Photos for the Nobel © Cristina de Middel
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