Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: March 20, 2020

The streets of New York and Paris during the COVID-19 outbreak, photographers in their homes for Architectural Digest, online resources from Magnum for the age of social distancing, plus more

Peter van Agtmael New York in the time of COVID-19 (Corona). The scene around Time Square. Brooklyn, New York. USA. March 18th, 2020. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Peter van Agtmael photographs New York’s coronavirus response

Libération has featured Peter van Agtmael’s images— shot this week— of New York’s Times Square and Brooklyn as some citizens prepared themselves for quarantine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while others carried on business as usual. See the photo story on Libération here. Read further reporting on the website accompanied by van Agtmael’s images here and here.

Peter van Agtmael USA. Brooklyn, New York. March 18th, 2020. New York in the time of COVID-19 (Corona). The scene around Time Square. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Antoine d’Agata photographs Paris under lockdown

An article in the print edition of the Libération this week included Antoine d’Agata’s photographs of formerly busy areas of central Paris, now empty. France is currently enforcing obligatory confinement of residents to their homes. This lockdown comes as local elections are also taking place in the country. See d’Agata’s images in the Thursday, March 19 edition of the newspaper.

Antoine d’ Agata FRANCE. Paris. March 18th, 2020. Rive Droite. Day 1 of Paris Lockdown during Covid19 Crisis. © Antoine d’ Agata | Magnum Photos

Raghu Rai and Martin Parr photograph their homes

Nine of “the world’s greatest photographers” were invited by Architectural Digest India to photograph themselves in their homes for their Self Portraits issue. See images by Raghu Rai from his home in Delhi and by Martin Parr—at home in Bristol, England— in their print issue. Read a sneak peak of the magazine’s content here, and read the editor’s letter here.

Martin Parr GB. England. Bristol. Clifton. The Polygon. Martin Parr. 2020. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai | 01 © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos

Magnum’s site and Magnum Learn featured in AnOther

AnOther has mentioned Magnum’s online platforms in their round-up of culture to engage with virtually while social-distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article and see their full list of resources here. On Magnum, browse stories from our digital magazine, or find information about our online education courses.

Christopher Anderson USA. Brooklyn, NY. 2009. Atlas watches the rain. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos

Bloomberg interviews Steve McCurry

The Magnum photographer Steve McCurry was recently interviewed for Bloomberg’s High Flyers series. In the 20-minute video, McCurry describes travelling in India and Afghanistan, shooting on Kodachrome film, and finding the perfect shot. You can watch the interview on their website here.

Steve McCurry Weligama, South coast, Sri Lanka, 1995 © Steve McCurry | Magnum Photos

Sohrab Hura on fact and fiction for Huck magazine

A text by Sohrab Hura, reflecting on the genesis of his artistic practice as a photographer and how he came to make The Coast—the publication which won 2019’s Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation Photobook of the Year— was published in the seventh Documentary Photography Special edition of Huck magazine. It’s now up on their website— read it here.

Sohrab Hura Sana getting ready to go out. India. 2015. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Alec Soth on PetaPixel

A short film released last year by Twin Cities PBS about why Alec Soth almost quit photography— and what saved him— was selected as PetaPixel’s Video of the Week. Watch the video on the blog here. Watch another film on Soth’s practice, from NOWNESS’s Photographer in Focus series, here. Find information about Alec Soth’s online course here.

Still from Alec Soth: Photographic Storytelling
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