Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: February 28, 2020

Josef Koudelka documentary, Chris Steele-Perkins’ cultural highlights, and Martin Parr’s favourite photobooks

Josef Koudelka 'Detroit' was constructed by the Israeli army to replicate a veriety of Palestinian population centers, in order to practice urban warfare. 'Detroit' (Al Baladiya) training camp, Ze'elim. Israel-Pa (...)

Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land in Digital Camera World

Digital Camera World spoke to Gilad Baram, director of the Josef Koudelka documentary, Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land. Baram, a photography student at the time, assisted Koudelka as he photographed Israel and Palestine over four years. He told the publication, “Very quickly I realized that the most interesting thing around for me was actually Koudelka himself and the way he was making his photographs, so I started turning my gaze and my lens towards him.”

The film was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD and made available for online rental along with an additional hour of material — including interviews with Koudelka in his Paris studio and a Q&A with Koudelka and Baram.

Read the Digital Camera World piece here. See Koudelka’s work from the Holy Land along with a reflection by Aaron Schuman on the documentary, on Magnum here.

Josef Koudelka Structures from the British Mandate (1922-1948) and Jordanian era (1948-1967) remain in the West Bank. Crusader map mural, Kalia Junction, Dead Sea area. Israel-Palestine. 2009. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos

Chris Steele-Perkins’ cultural highlights in The Guardian

Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins has selected six cultural highlights for The Guardian, which include the most recent Tarantino film, a South London greasy spoon cafe, and a publication of photographs by Homer Sykes from the funeral of antiracist activist Blair Peach —who was allegedly killed by the British police in 1976— a story Steele-Perkins has covered himself. See the list of items on Steele-Perkins’ ‘radar’ on The Guardian here.

Images from the photographer’s book about Britain in the 1980s, The Pleasure Principle, are currently on show at the Leica Gallery in London. Read more about that project on Magnum here.

Chris Steele-Perkins Along the Golden Mile. From The Pleasure Principle. Blackpool. England. G.B. 1989. © Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos
Chris Steele-Perkins Bed and Breakfast hotels. From The Pleasure Principle. Blackpool. England. GB. 1989. © Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr selects photobooks for Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer recently asked Martin Parr to choose his favorite photo books of the past few decades. The photographer’s choices — Stephen Gill, William Klein, Daido Moriyama, Miguel Calderon, Peng Yanjun & Chen Jiaojiao, and Chris Kilip — join a curation of books by Amateur Photographer’s in-house team. See the list, and read Parr’s commentary, on their website here.

Martin Parr Kuti. Bali. Indonesia. 1993. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr Margate, Kent. England, GB. 1986. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos