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The Magnum Digest: July 17, 2020

Tributes to the late Paul Fusco, profiles of new Magnum nominees, new exhibitions and online collaborations, plus more this week

Paul Fusco Robert Kennedy funeral train. USA. 1968. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos

Paul Fusco obituaries in The Guardian and Artnews

Magnum photographer Paul Fusco died on July 15, 2020. Working as a staff photographer for Look, Fusco documented social issues across the US and created his famed series from the funeral train for Bobby Kennedy. The Guardian published images from this series in its Friday 17 July print issue along with background on the photographer’s life, which is also available to view online here. Artnews also shared a tribute to the photographer’s work in its online article the day before: read it here. See more of Fusco’s work, and read testimonies from Magnum photographers Olivia Arthur, Gilles Peress, Eli Reed, Peter van Agtmael and Bruce Davidson here.

Paul Fusco Zapatista supporters gathered in an un-named village to have a conference about the negotiations with the Mexican government.

1994. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco Boy plays near a Hamas-set fire in the Chaboura camp. Gaza, Israel. 1993. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos

New nominee photographers as seen in The Guardian and Aesthetica

Five new photographers joined Magnum Photos last month following the agency’s Annual General Meeting. Khalik Allah, Sabiha Cimen, Colby Deal, Yael Martinez and Hannah Price were selected as nominees by the current membership of photographers in their yearly voting process.

The Guardian published an introduction to the nominees and their work this week: read it here. Find another article on the five photographers, published by Aesthetica here. Find more news from this year’s AGM here.

© Yael Martinez
© Khalik Allah

Sohrab Hura’s rooftop work in Indian Express

Sohrab Hura’s recent work made during the ongoing pandemic from the rooftop of his home in Delhi has been published in Indian Express. The photographer was awarded full Magnum member status last month, and in an interview on the site, reflects on maintaining creative independence within the agency, the role of diversity in Magnum, and more. See the piece here.

Sohrab Hura In the last few days with the lockdown, people have come up on the roofs again. Coronavirus lockdown. Delhi, India. March 28, 2020. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr’s collections photographed in Sunday Times Style

The most recent issue of The Sunday Times Style featured a photo story looking at views of lockdown from the perspective of 14 fashion photographers, including Martin Parr. Photographers submitted images of nature, quality time spent with family, still life compositions, and more. The magazine used Parr’s images of collectible ephemera from his home. Read the piece and see all of the images online here.

Martin Parr During the coronavirus outbreak. The polygon. Bristol. England. GB. 2020. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr During the coronavirus outbreak. The polygon. Bristol. England. GB. 2020. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

New York magazine recommends The Art of Street Photography

The first of Magnum’s on-demand online education courses,  The Art of Street Photography, was chosen in New York’s list of ‘11 Online Classes That’ll Make You a Better Photographer’. Anya Broido recommended the course for its “all-rounder” advice, adding that it is “primarily interested in engaging your imagination, and drawing you into street photography’s spontaneous charm, motivating you to shoot.” See the full list here.

Peter van Agtmael A Second Line Parade. New Orleans, Louisiana. USA. 2012. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Exhibitions open featuring Magnum photographers in Cortona

The annual Cortona on the Move photo festival saw Alex Majoli, Nanna Heitmann, and Jerome Sessini share work made during the impact of Covid-19 on its online platform over recent weeks, and opened its on-location photography festival in Cortona, Italy on Saturday. Work by Nanna Heitmann is on display at the Palazzo Capanellli, while images by other photographers feature across five further venues around the town in Tuscany. Find more information here.

Jérôme Sessini Distancing signage in the waiting room of the hospital's imaging department. The Grand-Est region is one of the areas most affected by the pandemic. Saint Dié des Vosges. France. April 30, 2020. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos

Russia Beyond provides a sneak peak of Manege exhibition

A new exhibition titled ‘As They See Us’, featuring 80 years of work made by Magnum photographers in Russia, opened last week at Manege Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg. Russia Beyond magazine shared a photo feature with images from the show — see it here. Find information about the exhibition at the museum’s website here.

Burt Glinn Calisthenics classes for vacationers in the sanitarium. The sanatoria in Sochi are used more as hotels for vacationers than for sick people. Most vacationers in the Soviet Union go there. Russia. U (...)

Magnum photographers’ photo essays in the Summer of Solidarity project

In the first two instalments of a new weekly series – ‘Magnum Monday’ — Rafal Milach and Patrick Zachmann have each contributed a photo essay to the Summer of Solidarity platform. Summer of Solidarity is a Europe-wide collaborative storytelling media initiative.

Milach’s project — Stop Calling Me Murzyn — explores anti-discriminatory and anti-racist activism in his native Poland, while Zachmann shares work from his ongoing documentation of the restoration of Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral following the disastrous 2019 fire. Learn more about the program, which is ongoing for the next six weeks, here.

Patrick Zachmann Notre-Dame of Paris reconstruction process still under securisation. View from below of the crane 80m high. A lift is carrying the operators to 50m and then there are the last 30m to climb on a sca (...)
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