The Magnum Digest: March 1, 2019
Grayson Perry on Martin Parr, Trent Parke questions whether sport can be art, and more from Magnum photographers this week
Grayson Perry on Martin Parr
A text by British artist Grayson Perry about the work of Magnum photographer Martin Parr has been published by The Observer ahead of Parr’s National Portrait Gallery show opening. Perry, who, like Parr, explores notions of class and culture in his work, writes: “Here was someone who was pointing out with laser precision the aspects of society I didn’t even know I was driven by.” Read the feature here.
Martin Parr’s National Portrait Gallery show opens on March 7. Read the institution’s Head of Photographs Collection Phillip Prodger exploring Parr’s practice here.
More information about the exhibition here.
Alex Majoli in VICE France
As his new show Scene opened at Le Bal in Paris, Alex Majoli spoke to VICE France about his practice and making his subjects “actors of their own lives”. Read the feature here. Read Magnum’s interview with Majoli about the work here.
More details about the exhibition here.
Trent Parke, The Art of the Game
A new documentary following Magnum photographer Trent Parke and his wife and long-time creative partner, Narelle Autio, during the making of their video work Summation of Force, will be shown on ABC in Australia at 10pm on March 3. Watch the trailer below.
The Body Observed on The Guardian
A new exhibition exploring the body as represented in the work of Magnum photographers is set to open this month at The Sainsbury Centre. Ahead of this, The Guardian presented a gallery demonstrating the breadth of styles and approaches the theme encompasses, which you can view here.
More information about The Body Observed here.
Venezuela by Magnum Photographers
As the world’s attention continues to focus on the unrest in Venezuela, Zeit Magazin has taken a look back through archival images of the country by Magnum photographers. See the images here.
Philipe Halsman’s Jump on The Guardian
Philipe Halsman’s approach to photographing celebrities was unique. His “Jumpology” theory was a process by which he sought to reveal his subjects’ personalities by asking them to jump into the air at the moment he pressed the shutter. Here The Guardian explores how this resulted in his famous self portrait, mid-air, alongside actress Grace Kelly. Read the story here.
For further reading on the stories behind how Magnum photographers have photographed Hollywood stars, see our feature on Magnum here.