Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: March 12, 2021

Sabiha Çimen photographers winter bathers in New York, Peter van Agtmael’s book on US politics post-9/11, Nanna Heitmann depicts Moscow activists, plus new work by Alex Majoli in Rome

Sabiha Çimen Rockaway beach in winter, a group of people come together and swim. NY. USA. January, 2021. © Sabiha Çimen | Magnum Photos

Sabiha Çimen photographs Rockaway Beach for Marie Claire

Marie Claire recently ran a piece interviewing winter bathers at Rockaway Beach. The piece is illustrated with images by Sabiha Çimen, who photographed the New Yorkers that swim there every Sunday to reap the health benefits of the exercise, regardless of the weather. Read the story in the April print edition of Marie Claire France.

Sabiha Çimen Winter swimmers coming together in front of the fire and trying to keep themselves warm after a cold water challenge. Rockaway beach. NY. USA. January, 2021. © Sabiha Çimen | Magnum Photos

Nanna Heitmann photographs feminist and LGBTQ+ retreat

The Washington Post has published a story exploring Femdacha, a hub for feminist and LGBTQ+ rights activists near Moscow,  Russia. The article, which interviews the founders and facilitators of the project, is accompanied by images taken by Nanna Heitmann. See more here.

Nanna Heitmann Daria Serenko, left, and Sonia Sno in the room where they sleep and work at Femdacha.

Moscow. Russia. February 2021. © Nanna Heitmann for The Washington Post © Nanna Heitmann
Nanna Heitmann Book Shelf at Fem Dacha outside of Moscow. Moscow. Russia. February 2021. © Nanna Heitmann for The Washington Post © Nanna Heitmann

Peter van Agtmael’s latest book features in The New Yorker

The New Yorker has published a feature on the new book by Peter van Agtmael, Sorry for the War, an exploration of the US’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the ensuing consequences over the last decade. The magazine describes the work as an “absurd, grotesque chronicle”, highlighting the riddle that it presents: “What can we learn from this body of work as a whole?” See more here.

Peter van Agtmael The Armed Services Ball, an official event after Donald Trump’s inauguration. He greeted soldiers in Afghanistan via live video feed, telling them, “You’re amazing people. We are with you a thousan (...)

Alex Majoli’s Rome exhibition reviewed by Domus

A new group exhibition at the Fotografia Festival Internazionale, in Rome, includes new work made by Alex Majoli. Employing his unique approach in which he presents social documentary through a theatrical lens, the work explores Rome during the pandemic. Domus wrote a review of the exhibition – read it here.

Alex Majoli SCENE#1036. A Street artist opera singer Mariarita Misuraca performing on the crowded street that connects Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo.

Via del Corso. Rome. Italy. 2019. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

Cricket documentary with Trent Parke on Cinema Express

Cinema Express, a sister platform to The New Indian Express, has reviewed the documentary ‘Capturing Cricket: Steve Waugh in India’ – which follows the Australian former professional cricketer on his travels around the country accompanied by the Magnum photographer Trent Parke. Read the review here, and see work made by Parke during that trip, on Magnum, here.

Trent Parke India. Mumbai. Oval Maidan cricket games. 2020. © Trent Parke | Magnum Photos

Jim Goldberg’s Fingerprint on Creative Review

Creative Review has interviewed Jim Goldberg about Fingerprint, the follow-up to his influential project on runaway teens, Raised By Wolves. The project reveals previously-unpublished images from the original series. See the feature here, and read more on the project, on Magnum, here.

Jim Goldberg Savage, (Wayne), Near Hollywood Boulevard. Los Angeles, California. USA. 1988. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos

Elliott Erwitt appears in Buzzfeed’s list of photo stories

Buzzfeed’s regular round-up of powerful photo stories from around the internet included Magnum’s feature on Elliott Erwitt’s book, Found, Not Lost. The book collects previously unseen work from across the photographer’s 70-year career. See Buzzfeed’s full list here, or find the piece on Magnum here.

Elliott Erwitt Elliott Erwitt. Karlsruhe. Germany. 1951. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos