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Magnum Digest: Friday, November 17

From Peter van Agtmael’s Ms. Veteran America to a feature-length BBC documentary on David Hurn, see where Magnum photographers and their work appeared online this week

Cristina de Middel From the series: Afronauts. Hamba. 2011. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos

Cristina De Middel

2017 Magnum nominee Cristina De Middel was awarded the prestigious National Award of Photography in Spain. Middel is the sixth woman to win the coveted prize, which is presented by the King of Spain himself.

“Cristina de Middel is a perfect photographer for the post-truth era,” writes Huck magazine. The article is an exploration into her fantastical mission, straddling the art world and photojournalism. Read the article here.

Peter van Agtmael Contestants flex before the 2017 Ms. Veteran America pageant in Washington DC. USA. 2017. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Ms. Veteran America

Peter van Agtmael continues his documentation of American military culture at the Ms. Veteran America pageant for TIME magazine. See the feature here.

Enri Canaj Refugees stand in line to get food. Idomeni, Greece. March 2016. © Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos

Philip Jones Griffiths Award Announced

New Magnum nominee for 2017 Enri Canaj has been awarded the Philip Jones Griffiths award, a prize that supports talent in photojournalism. Canaj’s work, which includes his coverage of the migrant crisis will be exhibited in London.

Harry Gruyaert Caesar's Palace Hotel. Las Vegas, Nevada. USA. 1982. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos

Harry Gruyaert: Seeing Life on Both Sides

“The world expresses itself through color – and few photographers have learned to speak its language as well as Harry Gruyaert.” The photographer’s master of kodachrome colour is explored on TIME magazine, featuring work on his latest book EAST / WEST. The book, presents portraits of the United States and Russia in the 1980s.

Read the article, which features a video of the book, here. Buy the book on the Magnum shop here.

David Hurn The promenade at the elegant seaside town of Tenby, South Wales. 1974 © David Hurn | Magnum Photos

Watch! David Hurn BBC Documentary

The BBC in the United Kingdom has produced a feature-length documentary about Magnum’s David Hurn, tracing his early career in London, through harrowing photojournalism stories that shaped his career as he joined Magnum, and sees the photographer reunite with one of his most famous subjects – the Hollywood actress Jane Fonda.

Viewers in the UK can watch the documentary on BBC iPlayer.

René Burri Airlift of South Vietnamese troops in an area where several hundred Vietcongs soldiers are supposed to be. Mekong Delta, near Tan Hung Dong. South Vietnam. 1963. © René Burri | Magnum Photos

A Deep Dive into the Vietnam War

A PBS documentary, also currently being shown by the BBC in the UK, is an epic 10-part documentary on the history of the Vietnam war. Amongst the harrowing first-hand accounts of veterans, their families, diplomats and journalists are a large number of images of the Vietnam war taken by Magnum photojournalists.

More info on the dedicated PBS site; UK viewers can see episodes on BBC iPlayer.

Chris Steele-Perkins Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during the Conservative Party Conference. 1985. From The Pleasure Principle. © Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos

Thatcher’s Britain – A Portrait

Christ Steele-Perkins speaks to the BBC about his seminal series depicting life in 1980s Great Britain. The work, entitled, The Pleasure Principle, was recently acquired by the Tate in London. More here.

Raymond Depardon San Clemente psychiatric hospital. Venice, Italy. 1979. © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos

Raymond Depardon’s San Clemente

Polka Magazine features work from Raymond Depardon’s documentary of Italy’s dismantling of psychiatric hospitals in the 1970s, focused on the last moments of San Clemente. More here.

Martin Parr England. New Brighton. From 'The Last Resort'. GB. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Magnum Pop-up in Paris

A temporary shop space in the prestigious Le Bon Marché presents talks and signing events alongside a selection of editions and homeware products. More here.


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