The Magnum Digest: January 31, 2020
Snow-swept Kashmir by Sohrab Hura, Paolo Pellegrin's portrait of Kobe Bryant, Chris Steele-Perkins offers photographic advice, plus more
Sohrab Hura’s Kashmir project on BJP
The British Journal of Photography has published Sohrab Hura’s recent body of work made in Kashmir, alongside an interview with the photographer. Hura unpacks some of the central themes of the work, which concern the complications of portraying the region from his outside perspective as an Indian national as well as the distracting allure that Kashmir’s beautiful landscapes possess. Read the article here.
Paollo Pellegrin’s Kobe Bryant portrait on Vogue
An article in Vogue reflects on the career of Kobe Bryant, accompanied by a portrait of the basketball player taken by Paolo Pellegrin. Bryant, who died on Sunday January 26 in a helicopter crash, had, over his career, played more than 47,000 minutes for his team, the Los Angeles Lakers. “And he really played every minute,” Nancy Farghalli writes. “Sometimes you felt like you were watching a game within a game. There was the opposing team playing at the Lakers’ level. And then there were the Lakers players trying to play at Kobe’s level.“ Read the piece here.
Chris Steele-Perkins offers photographic advice with Canon
Speaking to Canon about some of his UK-based projects — on Teddy Boys, portraits of centenarians, the landscape of an English country estate, and more recently a survey of immigrant households in London — Chris Steele-Perkins drew out eight important lessons on making long-term photographic projects. The tips include his advice on equipment, and knowing how to be critical of ideas. Read them here. Find out more about his project, The New Londoners, here.
Mark Power’s project, Good Morning, America, on The Guardian
The Guardian has featured a selection of Mark Power’s images from his series Good Morning, America. Since 2012 the photographer has been working on the project which attempts to examine the America that exists in his imagination by visiting and photographing all 50 US States.
See the piece in The Guardian, here. Take an extended look at the project’s first instalment, on Magnum, here, and read The High Museum’s associate curator of photography Gregory Harris, on the project’s second installment, here.
Images from the latest chapter of the work are on show now in Magnum’s London Print Room. More information on the exhibition can be found here.
Bruce Gilden’s Lost and Found on The Washington Post
The Washington Post has interviewed Bruce Gilden about his 2019 book, Lost and Found, a collection of street photography from the late’70s and early ‘80s, taken in his native New York, which came together from negatives he had rediscovered after a house-move. Getting up close and personal with the city’s inhabitants means that “You feel the heartbeat of the city,” the photographer explained to The Post.
See The Washington Post’s piece here, and read more about the work on Magnum here.
Patrick Zachmann on Haaretz
Haaretz has published a feature documenting the world’s last remaining Holocaust survivors, which contains an image from Patrick Zachmann’s series about Gerda Weissmann Klein. 95-year-old Klein, who married an American soldier following WWII, is a writer and human rights activist living in Phoenix, Arizona. Her published memoirs, All but My Life, were adapted into an Oscar-winning short film. Read the article here.
Martin Parr’s baked beans on Wired
In conjunction with a new exhibition at the The Photographer’s Gallery, Wired has featured a piece looking into the history of photographs of food, including an image by Martin Parr. One of the show’s curators, Susan Bright, explained to the magazine that images we take of what we eat reflect who we are: “It’s absolutely about identity, whether that’s personal, cultural, or political.”
Read the piece here. See more of Parr’s food photography on Magnum — from his book Real Food, here — and see the photographer’s profile of food culture in Hull, here.