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The Magnum Digest: May 15, 2020

Ian Berry’s photo on the cover of new Bob Dylan album, Paolo Pellegrin documents deep sea exploration, Antoine d’Agata’s portrait of COVID-19 cure researcher and more

Ian Berry Underground nightclub principally for black people in Cable Street, East London. (Cable Street no longer exists). England. GB. 1964. © Ian Berry | Magnum Photos

Ian Berry’s photograph makes the cover of Bob Dylan’s upcoming album

The artwork for Bob Dylan’s upcoming album, the artist’s first release of original music in eight years, will feature an image by Ian Berry on the cover, it was announced this week. The photograph, which was taken in 1964 in Whitechapel, London, was originally black and white, but has been tinted on the album, Rough and Rowdy Ways. Ian Berry spoke to Rolling Stone about his recollections of making the image — read the interview here.

Dylan has a history of selecting Magnum images for his records: his 2009 LP Together Through Life used photographs by Bruce Davidson on its front, and Josef Koudelka on its reverse, while Christmas in the Heart, from the same year, featured an image by Leonard Freed on the sleeve’s interior.

Cover of album by Bob Dylan, Rough and Rowdy Ways.
Cover of album by Bob Dylan, Together Through Life.

Paolo Pellegrin photographs deep sea exploration for The New Yorker

The New Yorker has published a feature on the Five Deeps Expedition, led by Victor Vescovo in 2019, to map and reach the bottom of every ocean on the globe. The article chronicles the events of the expedition and explores the unique conditions under which the submarine, the DSV Limiting Factor, was engineered. Paolo Pellegrin worked on assignment for The New Yorker onboard, photographing the craft and its crew, who dived to a world-record 36,000ft below the surface in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench — the deepest point on earth. See Pellegrin’s images and read the article here.

Paolo Pellegrin © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos

Moises Saman documents the decline of tourism in Jordan for NPR

A recent report on NPR investigated the impacts of the coronavirus on the crucial tourism industry in Jordan. The report focused on the city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is home to world-famous architecture and engineering dating back to the 1st century AD, as well as a contemporary community dependent on precarious business from international tourism. Moises Saman travelled to Petra to photograph these people — see the images and listen to the broadcast here.

Moises Saman A lone guard walks by the Treasury monument in Petra. Petra, Jordan. 23 April, 2020. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos
Moises Saman Bedouin children in the village of Um Sayakh, on the outskirts of Petra. Most villagers here make a living from the tourist industry and are now out of work due to the lockdown measures that have e (...)

Antoine d’Agata photographs COVID-19 researcher for The New York Times

Antoine d’Agata’s images of French microbiologist Didier Raoult and the medical research hospital he directs, the Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Méditerranée Infection (IHU), feature in a new article on The New York Times. The piece profiles Raoult, who gained fame recently after claiming the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment with a 100 percent cure rate — the same drug which was also touted by Donald Trump. Read the article here.

Antoine d’ Agata IHU, Professor Didier Raoult, Director of the Marseille University Hospital Institute for Infectious Diseases, created in the form of a foundation for scientific cooperation, focuses resources on r (...)

Alec Soth, Newsha Tavakolian and Chris Steele-Perkins’s images in The Guardian

The Guardian this week published a round-up of images on the experience of COVID-19 confinement from leading photographers around the world. Alec Soth photographed his correspondence from a prison inmate, Newsha Tavakolian portrayed light tests in her living room, and Chris Steele-Perkins experimented with self-portraits in panoramic mode on his iPhone. See the full list of entries from 11 photographers here.

Newsha Tavakolian Me at home being bored in the living room of my house, playing with my lighter. Tehran. Iran. March 12, 2020. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Alec Soth Last year I began a correspondence with a man who has been in prison since 2003. His letters have taken on new meaning in the wake of the pandemic and “stay at home” orders. While I would never com (...)
Chris Steele-Perkins Self portrait at the time of Covid-19 using i-Phone pano settings. © Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos

Sim Chi Yin shortlisted for Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award

Magnum nominee Sim Chi Yin is one of seven individuals shortlisted for the Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award 2020. The Trust has selected her project One Day We’ll Understand, a series which explores heritage and collective memory through images and archival objects. The award is given to “visual artists and journalists whose thinking and process reach beyond the limitations of conventional media practice to create engaging and dynamic communication pieces.” Read more here.

Sim Chi Yin Ou Qingfang, aka Zhou Tong, (b.1930, Perak) was a guard to Chin Peng, the MCP leader, when the Emergency broke in mid 1948. He later rose to a regional role himself, fighting in the jungles of sout (...)

David Hurn wins Lucie Award

David Hurn has been named as the recipient of a Lucie Award in the Achievement in Documentary category. This honour will be presented to Hurn in a ceremony at New York’s Carnegie Hall in October of this year, in the 18th iteration of the event. The Lucie Awards recognize photographic achievements in the areas of fine art, journalism, fashion and more. Hurn joins the rank of previous Magnum recipients which includes Henri Cartier Bresson, Bruce Davidson and Josef Koudelka. Read more here.

David Hurn Mass exercise in the early morning due to heat during the day. Arizona. USA. 1980. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
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