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The Magnum Digest: What Not To Miss This Week

Critics select 2017’s best photojournalism and photographic culture, plus new work published this week

Paolo Pellegrin Dada, 14 yrs old, with her daughter Hussainia, 18 months, was kidnapped and raped at age 12 while a captive of Boko Haram. Nigeria 2017. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos

2017’s Best Photojournalism

Many Magnum photographers were featured in Time magazine’s round up of the best photojournalism of the year. Work by Peter van Agtmael, Paolo Pellegrin, Emin Ozmen, and Matt Stuart all makes an appearance. See the full list here. Magnum work also appeared in Time’s big list of the 100 best photographs of the year – read it here.

Sohrab Hura From the installation The Lost Head & The Bird © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Cultural Highlights

Writer and cultural critic Sean O’Hagan has named Magnum nominee Sohrab Hura’s exhibition The Lost Head & The Bird at The Nines, as one of the photographic cultural highlights of 2017. In the article for The British Journal of Photography, O’Hagan describes the work as “a hallucinatory mix of the viscerally real and the possibly fictional”. Photography fans can see the full run-down here.

Thomas Dworzak Performance "Lenin's Train Zürich-Petrograd 1917-2017" Thorgevsky & Wiener theatre ensemble. Historical train ride. Lenin departing from Zürich main station. At 15:10h on Easter Monday, 9.4.1917 L (...)

Lenin’s Train

Thomas Dworzak’s epic retracing of Vladimir Lenin’s 1917 journey back from exile, on its anniversary, is featured on Swiss Info. Read the story in German here. You can read Magnum Photo’s story in English here.

Diana Markosian In her tiny bedroom, Balqees puts on her make up before leaving to celebrate July 4th for the first time. La Mesa, Califorinia, USA. 2017 © Diana Markosian | Magnum Photos

From Iraq to California

Diana Markosian recently spent time with a teenage Iraqi refugee who is rebuilding her life in California. See her story on New York Magazine’s The Cut here.

Harry Gruyaert Pas-de-Calais departement. Berck beach. Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, France. 2007. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos

Magnum on Polka

Polka magazine concludes its 2017 series exploring the work of Magnum photographers with a look at the shore-side studies of Harry Gruyaert, Rivages. See the piece here. See more work by Gruyaert on Magnum Photos here.

Stuart Franklin Tien An Men Square. 'The Tank Man' stopping the column of T59 tanks. 4th June 1989. Beijing. China. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

The Images That Change History

Readers with access to BBC iPlayer can watch a short documentary by the BBC about the images the changed history. The program includes interviews with Magnum members including Mark Power, Stuart Franklin and Susan Meiselas. Watch it here.

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