Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: March 8, 2019

Martin Parr on perceptions of Britain, the W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant opens, and more from the agency’s roster of photographers this week

Martin Parr The Queen visiting the Drapers’ Livery Hall. The Drapers’ Livery’s 650th Anniversary. City of London. London. England. Great Britain. 2014. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr on Britain

As his National Portrait Gallery show, ‘Only Human’ opens this week, Martin Parr spoke to The Times about his decades spent documenting British life. Subscribers can read the article here.

For more on Parr’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition, read the institution’s Head of Photographs Collection Phillip Prodger on the photographer’s practice here.

The exhibition is listed as one of the “best things to do” in March by AnOther Magazine. Read The British Journal of Photography’s write-up here also.

Martin Parr Bad Fallingbostel Base. Germany. 2013. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Sim Chi Yin’s Shifting Sands

Bloomberg has featured images from the latest chapter of Magnum nominee Sim Chi Yin’s work on the ill-regulated and booming international sand trade alongside an article about the economics of land reclamation in China. Read Bloomberg’s feature here. See more of Sim Chi Yin’s work documenting land reclamation on Magnum, here.

Sim Chi Yin A view from on Phoenix island, Sanya, Hainan. Phoenix Island, on the resort city of Sanya, was the Hainan island’s first flagship land reclamation mega project, attracting internationally renowned (...)

Alessandra Sanguinetti photographs Fred Eversley’s Home

Magnum photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti paid a visit to the Venice, California, home of sculptor Fred Eversley for WSJ. Magazine. The engineer-turned-artist moved to Venice in 1964, and has been working out of the same 3,000-square-foot studio on Abbot Kinney Boulevard for the past 50 years. See the feature here.

Alessandra Sanguinetti Fred Eversley's studio. Los Angeles. USA. 2018. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos

The Body Observed on PDN

Photo District News has published a preview of Magnum’s upcoming exhibition, The Body Observed, which explores how Magnum photographers have over the years turned their lenses upon the body. The show, which also features on AnOther’s list of the “best things to do” in March, presents work from 14 Magnum photographers that examines a range of subjects from identity, intimacy, sexuality and ritual, to voyeurism and performance. Read the feature here.

More information on the exhibition here.

Herbert List Young man with laurel over the eyes. Athens. Greece. Circa 1936. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos

Alex Majoli on The Wall Street Journal

With Alex Majoli’s latest exhibition ‘Scene’ now showing in Paris, The Wall Street Journal explores the photographer’s practice of documenting his subjects theatrically, blurring their lives with performance. See the feature here. For more on how the photographer examines the liminal areas between theater and reality, you can read the Magnum feature on the work, here.

More information on the exhibition here.

Alex Majoli Scene #0435. Republic Of Congo. 2013. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

Susan Meiselas Photographs Rachel Rose

Susan Meiselas photographed the New York-based artist Rachel Rose for a profile in W Magazine. At just 32 the artist has already had a number of solo museum shows, most recently with her film Wil-o-Wisp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Turin’s Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Read the profile here. Explore more of Meiselas’ work on Magnum here.

Susan Meiselas Artist Rachel Rose with a projection of her work in her studio. NYC. USA. 2019. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

The W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant Now Open

The W. Eugene Smith grant is designed to help photographers either start a new project or to bring an ongoing project to completion. Applications for this year’s award are now open and will close on April 20, 2019. The Fund supports photographers whose work follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic photography and dedication to compassion, evidenced during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

More information about the eligibility criteria, and applications here.

Read more about Smith’s practice on Magnum here.

W. Eugene Smith Three generations of miners. A Welsh coalmining town. Wales. Great Britain. 1950. © W. Eugene Smith | Magnum Photos
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