Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: June 5, 2020

Christopher Anderson’s portrait on the cover of New York magazine, Carolyn Drake photographs Governor Gavin Newsom for California Sunday, Martin Parr on Grayson Perry’s TV show, and more

Carolyn Drake Governor Gavin Newsom at the Veterans Home of California. Yountsville, California. USA. May 22, 2020. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos

Carolyn Drake photographs Gavin Newsom

The California Sunday magazine has published an interview with Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, alongside photographs by Carolyn Drake. In the article, Newsom reflects on the processes of coordinating a federal response to the coronavirus crisis over the past months. Read the piece and see Drake’s images here.

Carolyn Drake Governor Gavin Newsom at the Veterans Home of California. Yountsville, California. USA. May 22, 2020. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos

Portrait by Christopher Anderson on the cover of New York magazine

An image of Holocaust survivor Marga Greisbach, taken remotely by Christopher Anderson, featured on the cover of last week’s issue of New York magazine. Anderson captured the 92-year-old in her home in Washington over a video conference call from his home in Paris. “The interesting part is about how magazines and photographers are dealing with the challenges of the new reality. From a technical standpoint, it is a pivotal moment in magazine publishing and by extension, photography,” says Anderson. Read the cover story, about Greisbach’s life, here.

Christopher Anderson Cover of New York magazine, Issue May 23–June 7, 2020 © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos
Christopher Anderson Marga Griesbach. USA. 2020. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr on Grayson Perry’s TV show

This week Martin Parr appeared on the Channel 4  television program Grayson’s Art Club, presented by British artist Grayson Perry. Perry said the following of Parr: “No other artist so perfectly captures our [the British] rituals and our foibles.” Parr spoke to the artist about his images depicting queueing, St George’s Day in Cornwall, the celebration of Iftar in Bristol, and more. Watch the episode, on Channel 4, here.

Martin Parr The Black Country. West Bromwich. England. GB. St George's Day. Stone Cross Parade. 2017. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Magnum Flow launches

Magnum Flow is a new, photographer-initiated project and platform which allows the collective’s members to share both contemporary and historical work relating to world-changing events, in near-real-time. Emerging from organic photographer conversations over the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, Flow reflects Magnum’s diversity of practices and its many voices across differing geographies, as an evolving document reacting to the state of the world. New images, writings, and artworks can be seen in evolving dialogue, alongside informal comments, screen grabs, draft layouts and direct messages. Magnum Flow can be found here, and is a co-creation with Fotomat.