Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: October 30, 2020

Peter van Agtmael photographs the lead-up to US election, Lorenzo Meloni documents conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Alec Soth shoots for Gucci, plus more

Peter van Agtmael Outside the house of Dave Mitchko, an ardent Trump supporter. Olyphant. Pennsylvania. USA. October 14th. 2020. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Peter van Agtmael in Libération and Le Monde

Libération recently published a pair of articles providing an insight into the lead-up to the US presidential election, featuring reportage on areas that will be key to deciding the outcome of the vote. Peter van Agtmael was on assignment in the borough of Olyphant and the city of Wilkes-Barre, both in Pennsylvania. Read the articles in French, here and here. You can see more work from the paper’s ongoing collaboration with van Agtmael weekly in the print edition of the newspaper, until November 5.

Peter van Agtmael Biden-Harris campaign headquarters in Wilkes Barre. Wilkes Barre. Pennsylvania. USA. 2020. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Outside the house of Dave Mitchko, an ardent Olyphant. Pennsylvania. USA. Trump supporter. October 14th. 2020. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Le Monde has also shared a special supplement to its newspaper which features a portfolio of van Agtmael’s works from the past year, from the beginnings of the Covid-19 pandemic to the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, the growth of far-right groups including the Proud Boys, and more recent electoral rallies. The piece provides a broad view of the political landscape in the US in the lead-up to the 2020 election. See the work in the October 18–19, 2020 print issue, as well as online here.

Peter van Agtmael Protestors gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington D.C. near the White House on the evening of the last night of the RNC. Donald Trump accepted the Republican party nomination, followed by (...)

Lorenzo Meloni in Nagorno-Karabakh for L’Obs and De Standaard

L’Obs has published a photo essay featuring Lorenzo Meloni’s images of a war-torn Nagorno-Karabakh. Conflict between Armenians and Azeris resumed in the region in September as a result of sustained tensions between the two groups. Read the feature and see Meloni’s images in the October 22 print edition of the magazine and online here.

Lorenzo Meloni Anna, an armenian fighter and movie director looking at the destruction inside the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral. Shushi. Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh). October 2020. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

Meloni’s work also featured in De Standaard on the weekend. The portfolio features aerial photography of air strikes in the region, as well as coverage of Armenian forces on the ground, and life for civilians who are trying to survive the conflict.

Lorenzo Meloni Footage of Azerbaijani drones. Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh). October 2020. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni Footage of Azerbaijani drones. Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh). October 2020. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

Alec Soth shoots latest Gucci campaign

i-D, The Cut, and Wonderland have all included images from Alec Soth’s newest campaign for Gucci. The shoot involved production crews, farm animals, their handlers, and electrical wiring entering the images (in which the design team themselves were the models), in order to create a behind-the-scenes effect. See the images on i-D here, The Cut here, and Wonderland here.

Alec Soth From assignment for Gucci. 2020. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

Micha Bar-Am in Leica Fotografie International

Leica Fotografie International has featured a portfolio of the works of Micha Bar-Am, in celebration of the photographer’s 90th birthday this month, over a 20-page feature including a written profile, plus the magazine’s front cover. “For many decades, Micha Bar-Am has documented the country’s struggles and aspirations, highs and lows, armed conflicts and everyday life,” writes the publication. See the feature in their October print issue.

Micha Bar Am Cover of Leica Fotografie International, October 2020 edition. © Micha Bar Am | Magnum Photos

Antoine d’Agata photographs tech pioneer Alex Karp

The New York Times has featured a profile on the head of software company Palantir Technologies, Alex Karp, which features portraits by Antoine d’Agata. The company provides data security and processing services for the French government, and claims to have been pivotal in significant counterterrorism actions over recent years. The feature, and d’Agata’s photos, can be found here.

Antoine d’Agata Alex Karp, the chief executive of Palantir. © Antoine d’Agata | Magnum Photos
Antoine d’Agata Karp taking a break out of his temporary offices. He does at least one hour of hiking in the morning. © Antoine d’Agata | Magnum Photos

Rafal Milach’s borders work on The Calvert Journal

The Calvert Journal has spoken to Rafal Milach about his book project, I Am Warning You, which explores the physical and ideological manifestations of state borders. The project consists of three photo series that explore the Berlin Wall, the American-Mexican wall, and the Hungarian-Serbian-Croatian border barrier. See a selection of Milach’s images from the project, which take the form of landscape, architecture, still life photography and more, and read the feature by Diane Smyth, on The Calvert Journal here. Take a more detailed look at the latter project, exploring Hungary’s ‘Orban wall’, on Magnum here.

Rafal Milach Improvised shelter by the Mexican - U.S. border wall. On February 23rd 2018, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office published The Final Report on Border Wall Mockup and Prototype Test. It pr (...)

Cristina de Middel and Bruno Morais’s project on climate and justice in The Correspondent

Dutch online magazine The Correspondent, also known as de Correspondent, has published an analysis piece on the three greatest causes of the earth’s increased CO2 production in the past 30 years. The text is accompanied by images from Cristina de Middel and Bruno Morais’ project, Excessocenus, which explored the impact of Western consumption on the environment and people of Mozambique. Read the piece here.

Cristina de Middel On Energy Waste. From the series: Excessocenus. (Collaboration with Bruno Morais.) Mozambique. 2016. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr’s Ireland work in The Irish Times

The Irish Times has featured a review of the new Martin Parr book, From the Pope to a Flat White: Ireland 1979-2019. “Martin Parr’s work traces a line through the decades as Irish society gradually shifted away from conformism. It also captures many things that never went away,” writes the newspaper’s Fintan O’Toole. The work from the publication will go on show as a touring exhibition in Limerick, Dublin, Roscommon, and Belfast, from February. Read the piece here.

Martin Parr IRELAND. Dublin. 1986. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Jim Goldberg depicts ‘family’ for Palace

i-D has featured interviews with five photographers who depicted the concept of ‘family’ for the clothing brand, Palace. Jim Goldberg contributed a collaged image from a shoot on which Alessandra Sanguinetti assisted on styling and photography. Read the Q&A with Goldberg, and the other Palace collaborators, in i-D’s Winter 2020 print issue, and online here.

Jim Goldberg Assignment for Palace. 2020. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos

Peter Marlow’s image on The Guardian and the cover of a new book on The Troubles

A new book by journalist Ian Cobain explores the killing of police photographer Millar McAllister during The Troubles in Northern Ireland on April 22, 1978. The publication is titled Anatomy of a Killing: Life and Death on a Divided Island, and its cover features an image by Peter Marlow of a street scene during conflicts in Belfast. A review of the book on The Guardian says, “Cobain… casts new light on the culture of terrorist violence and state repression that defined Northern Ireland during 30 years of conflict.” Read more here.

Peter Marlow Belfast. Northern Ireland. 1979. © Peter Marlow | Magnum Photos

Matt Black’s American Geography reviewed by DW

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, or DW, recently made a video feature about the new exhibition of Matt Black’s project, American Geography, currently on show at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg. The news channel spoke to curator Ingo Taubhorn at the gallery, and offers an insight into the project —previously titled Geography of Poverty— which spans six years of work made by Black around the United States. Watch the video here.

Matt Black El Paso, Texas. USA. 2015. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos honored at the International Photography Hall of Fame

The International Photography Hall of Fame has selected Magnum Photos for its Lifetime Achievement award. You can see Magnum’s president, Olivia Arthur, speaking live at the awards ceremony on Friday, October 30, at 7pm CST. Find more information about the awards here.

Olivia Arthur Young dancer Freya shows some of her moves in her bedroom. Hull. England. GB. 2017. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

Sabiha Çimen wins Eugene Smith Memorial Grant

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund has announced Sabiha Çimen as one of the winners of its 2020 grant prize. The Smith Fund’s Daniella Zaleman teamed up with fellow jurors photography critic Teju Cole, and curator Yukiko Yamagata to select photographers who fulfilled its criteria of exceptional documentary photography practice as exemplified by W. Eugene Smith over his 45-year career. Read more here.

Sabiha Çimen Nehir (18) embraces her soulmate at a picnic. Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul. Turkey. July 15, 2018. © Sabiha Çimen | Magnum Photos

Sim Chi Yin nominated for Arles’ Discovery and Women Photographer awards

The Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival has announced the nominees for its Discovery Award and Women Photographers Award. Both categories include recognitions of Sim Chi Yin, with the former dedicated to her projects, Shifting Sands, and Most People Were Silent. Attendees of the festival in Xiamen, China, will be able to see the work on show in the city this autumn. For more information and tickets, visit the link here.

Sim Chi Yin In the background, layers of black bags of sand form a cofferdam -- an enclosure built within a body of water to allow the enclosed area to be pumped out -- on the fringe of a parcel of reclaimed l (...)

Larry Towell’s book shortlisted for Luma Rencontres book Award

The LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award has just announced Larry Towell’s The History War as one of its shortlisted projects for its 2020 prize. Photographic experts from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles, the Luma Foundation, and Rencontres d’Arles festival will decide a winner to be announced on November 10, 2020. See the full list of nominations here.

Larry Towell Spread from book dummy. The History War. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos