The Magnum Digest: February 22, 2019
Gregory Halpern in Vogue, Alex Majoli’s new exhibition, Diana Markosian nominated for World Press Photo Awards, and more
Gregory Halpern’s Fashion Project on Vogue
Magnum nominee Gregory Halpern’s new work – his first fashion shoot – has been published on Vogue. The project, a collaboration with New York LGBTQ+ model agency New Pandemics was, for the photographer, a continuation of his work exploring beauty and contradiction within a new oeuvre.
Alex Majoli’s New Exhibition Opens in Paris
Alex Majoli’s new exhibition, Scene, was covered in Le Monde and Aesthetica this week. The work was previously also featured in Wallpaper* Magazine. The show, and its accompanying monograph of the same name, see Majoli treading the lines between fiction, art and reportage: creating powerfully theatrical images playing on humanity’s predilection toward performance.
Diana Markosian’s Quince Work Nominated for WPP
An image from Diana Markosian’s 2018 project, Quince, which followed young women in Cuba as they celebrate coming of age with their quinceañeras, has been nominated in the Contemporary Issues category of the World Press Photo of the Year competition. You can read more about the project, on Magnum, and see the other images nominated for awards here on Newsweek.
Sohrab Hura’s film wins Videonale Award
The Videonale festival has awarded its 2019 prize to Sohrab Hura‘s short film, The Lost Head & the Bird, selecting the winner from 28 nominations. The jury said, “The artist’s video develops a convincing visual language to address the problem[s] of sexual, religious, and political violence.” Find out more about the award here, and read about The Lost Head… and Hura’s use of moving image, here.
Sim Chi Yin’s Portrait of Jiang Xue on NY Review of Books
Magnum nominee Sim Chi Yin’s portrait of investigative journalist Jiang Xue was published by New York Review of Books alongside an interview delving into Jiang’s past and the ongoing battle for freedom of both thought and speech in China. See the feature here.
Last Chance to Support The New Londoners
Chris Steele-Perkins’ project on London’s diversity saw him photograph 164 families, who collectively hail from 187 countries, over four years. The book’s publication – wryly timed to coincide with Brexit day – is being supported by donations via Kickstarter. You can learn more about the project here on Magnum. More details regarding supporting the book here.
Famed Arts Publisher Xavier Barral Has Sadly Passed Away
Since its founding in 2002, Éditions Xavier Barral published the work of over a dozen Magnum photographers, as well as many other award-winning arts, photography and scientific titles. Its founder Xavier Barral died at his Paris home on February 17. You can read an interview with Barral about the art of the photobook on Magnum, here.
Fashion Pioneer Karl Lagerfeld Died, February 19
One of the most recognisable faces in fashion, Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of Chanel and Fendi, died on February 19. Many Magnum photographers have photographed the at times controversial figure, over the years. You can browse the Magnum image archive on Lagerfeld here.