Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: February 5, 2021

Alex Majoli and Christopher Anderson’s Joe Biden portraits illustrate GQ’s cover story, Nanna Heitmann documents pro-Alexei Navalny protests in Russia, Lua Ribeira’s series on young migrants in Courrier International, plus more

Alex Majoli USA. Washington, DC. 2014. Vice President Joe Biden arrives at his house. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

Alex Majoli and Christopher Anderson’s portraits of Joe Biden feature on the cover of, and inside, GQ

GQ’s cover story this week is a profile of the recently inaugurated President of the United States, Joe Biden. The story features images by Alex Majoli of then-Vice-President Biden in the White House in 2014, as well as by Christopher Anderson, who photographed Biden at Andrews Air Force Base and visiting a high school in 2012. An image by Majoli features on the cover of the print edition. See the profile in the March issue of the magazine, and online here.

Christopher Anderson USA. Maryland. 2012 Vice President Joe Biden descends Air Force 2 at Andrews Air Force Base. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos
Cover of GQ magazine March 2021. © Alex Majoli courtesy of GQ

Nanna Heitmann photographs protests in Russia

Italian weekly L’Espresso has published a series of images by Nanna Heitmann taken over the first weekend of protests against the detention of Alexei Navalny. Thousands of pro-Navalny demonstrators gathered in Moscow and across 86 cities in the country in support of the Russian politician who leads the opposition political party: Russia of the Future. Read more on the story in the January 31 edition of L’Espresso.

Nanna Heitmann Russia. Moscow. January 23, 2021. Pushkinskaya Ploschad. Pro-Navalny Protest. Omon and Police forces attacking protestors. © Nanna Heitmann | Magnum Photos

Lua Ribeira’s series documenting teenage migrants in Courrier International

French weekly newspaper Courrier International has published images from Lua Ribeira’s work, Los Afortunados, in print this week, along with an interview with the photographer. Ribeira discusses the subjects of the series, who are teenage migrants crossing into Spain from Morocco, the challenges they face, and how she created the project. Read it in issue no. 1579 of the paper.

Lua Ribeira Morocco-Spain Border. Melilla. 2019. From the project "Los Afortunados" © Lua Ribeira | Magnum Photos
Lua Ribeira Morocco-Spain Border. Melilla. 2019. From the project "Los Afortunados" © Lua Ribeira | Magnum Photos

Cristina de Middel’s borders work in Le Monde

M, the weekend magazine supplement to the French newspaper, Le Monde, this week shares a portfolio of images from Cristina de Middel’s work, Journey to the Center. The series follows migrants on their journey into the United States via Central America, depicting the surreal aspects of their movement through and around borders via her characteristic “expanded documentary” approach, mixing fiction and photojournalism. Read the feature in the most recent edition of the magazine, and online on Le Monde here.

Cristina de Middel A cactus is reflected in a mirror placed leaning on the border fence near Nogales. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos

Sabiha Cimen’s image in The Guardian

The Guardian’s ‘big picture’ series took a close-up look at an image from Sabiha Çimen’s series, Hafiz: Guardians of the Qu’ran this week. The photograph depicts students at a religious boarding school in Turkey, enjoying a picnic as a plane passes overhead. See the piece here. Read more about the project on Magnum here.

Sabiha Çimen TURKEY. Istanbul. 2018. A plane flies low over students at a picnic during the weekend. © Sabiha Çimen | Magnum Photos

Sohrab Hura curates exhibition at Ishara Art Foundation

‘Growing Like a Tree’ is an exhibition now showing at the Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai, which is curated by Magnum photographer Sohrab Hura. The show explores regional histories of image-making through a visual and sonic excavation of place, memory and culture, through the work of 14 artists from South Asia, Southeast Asia and beyond. Hura shares his reflections on the coming together of the show, along with a hand drawn diagram mapping the connections between the works, in an essay on Ishara’s website. You can see it here.

Sohrab Hura | map-with-ishara-background-01-1140x600 Map for 'Growing Like a Tree' exhibition © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

White Paper By reviews Harry Gruyaert exhibition

Morocco, the exhibition of images by Harry Gruyaert which trace the photographer’s transition into colour photography, has been featured on Spanish art magazine, White Paper By. The exhibition is currently on show at the Magnum Gallery in Paris. You can read the article here, and find out further details about the show here.

Harry Gruyaert Morocco. Ouarzazate. 1986. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos

Trent Parke’s Crimson Line reviewed in Blind Magazine

The latest photographic series by Trent Parke, The Crimson Line, recently took form as a book released by Stanley/Barker. The series is a sci-fi-influenced portrait of industrial pollution created through images of the sky at sunrise. In a recent review of the work, Bling magazine was prompted to ask, “Can you tell the story of the world through a color spectrum?” Read more here. Find out more about The Crimson Line on Magnum here.

Trent Parke Australia. South Australia. Adelaide. 2019. From the series, The Crimson Line. © Trent Parke | Magnum Photos

W. Eugene Smith film in BBC’s 10 films to watch

‘Minimata’, the new film based on the story of W. Eugene Smith’s work documenting mercury poisoning in a Japanese town in 1971, is released today in the US and Canada. The BBC has chosen the film, which stars Johnny Depp as Smith, in its list of ten films to watch in February. Read the full list here, and find out more about Smith’s Minimata work on Magnum here.

W. Eugene Smith Japan. Fishermen at Minamata Bay. 1971. © W. Eugene Smith | Magnum Photos