Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: July 9, 2021

Gilles Peress’ latest publication exploring the Irish Troubles, Rafal Milach on the story of an image of escape, David ‘Chim’ Seymour profiled on Deutsche Welle, plus more

Gilles Peress Belfast, Northern Ireland. Roden street. 1974. © Gilles Peress | Magnum Photos

Gilles Peress’ Ireland book is featured in Derry Journal

A new publication by Gilles Peress, titled Whatever You Say, Say Nothing, is a multi-volume work covering the Troubles in Northern Ireland from Bloody Sunday in 1972, to the hunger strikes of 1981. Derry Journal interviewed the photographer. “It is not really a photobook and it’s definitely not about photography, nor about ‘good photography’”, Peress told the paper. “It is an experiment in visual language using photographs and is closer to a ‘paper movie’ than to a book, per se.” Read more here.

Spread from 'Whatever You Say, Say Nothing'. Courtesy of Steidl.

Rafal Milach’s image in The Guardian’s ‘My best shot’

The Guardian’s regular feature ‘My best shot’ sees Rafal Milach telling the story of his photograph of a beach at Rummu — a former labour camp in Estonia. The image is available as part of Magnum’s July Square Print Sale, Way for Escape, which starts on the Magnum Shop on Monday at 6AM PST. Read Milach’s Guardian article here.

Rafal Milach Rummu, Estonia. August 2016. © Rafal Milach | Magnum Photos

Deutsche Welle profiles David ‘Chim’ Seymour

An article on the website of news platform Deutsche Welle reflects on the life and work of David ‘Chim’ Seymour this week. Writer and curator Carole Naggar, who publishes a book on Seymour in late 2021, describes the Magnum co-founder’s wide-ranging body of work and influence on  the field of photography as a whole. Read more here.

David Seymour Italy. Rome. Villa Savoia. 1948. This home for crippled children is one of many such institutions in Italy to take care of the large numbers of mutilated children. Organized formerly by King UMBER (...)

Harry Gruyaert’s restrospective exhibition extended until September

The retrospective show by Harry Gruyaert, which opened last September at the Museum Helmond in the Netherlands, has been extended to September 19th, 2021,  it was recently announced. See a sneak peek of the work on show in this video from behind the scenes of the exhibit, and get tickets here.

Paul Fusco’s RFK Funeral Train story featured in LA Weekly

An exhibition of Paul Fusco’s 1968 series which captured mourning Americans in the aftermath of the death of Robert Kennedy is on show in Los Angeles’ Robert Fetterman Gallery. LA Weekly has reviewed the work, and you can read their piece here.

Paul Fusco RFK Funeral Train. USA. 1968. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos

Magnum’s work exploring cycling on exhibition in Trento, Italy

An exhibition about cycling, as depicted by Magnum, is on show at the Castello di Caldes, Trento, Italy until September 26th. Exploring the world of cycling from the Tour de France, to architecturally significant velodromes, the show aims to capture the enthusiasm and thrill of the sport. Widewalls gives a sneak peek in this piece online here.

Harry Gruyaert Tour de France 1982. Two of the Renault-Elf team struggle at the back of the group. France. 1982. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr’s Benidorm series featured in AnOther

A piece reflecting on Martin Parr’s images of the resort town of Benidorm in Spain — both beloved and scorned by the English — appears in AnOther magazine this week. Reflecting on his intentions with the series and what it was like making the original series in the late ’90s, Parr tells writer Hatty Nestor, “I was totally oblivious to class.” Read more here.

Martin Parr Benidorm, Spain. From 'Common Sense'. 1998. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos