Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: November 20, 2020

Jérôme Sessini photographs conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Alec Soth receives letters from a Minnesota prison, unseen images by Steve McCurry, plus more this week

Jérôme Sessini Volunteer fighters and civilians are staying in the basement of the city hall under the shelling of Azeri forces. Since October 29, Azeri forces started to shell and to make ground incursions from (...)

Jérôme Sessini reports from Nagorno-Karabakh for Politico and L’Obs

Politico’s coverage of conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region features images taken by Jérôme Sessini this week. A ceasefire has taken place following an agreement made by Armenian president Nikol Pashinyan conceding territory to Azerbaijan. Read more on the story here.

French paper L’Obs also used images by Sessini this week in their article covering the immediate aftermath of violent clashes. See their feature here.

Jérôme Sessini Yerevan military cemetery. Families come to mourn at the graves of freshly buried fighters killed during the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.Yerevan. Armenia. November 12, 2020. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos

New Alec Soth book on Buzzfeed

The Parameters of Our Cage, a new book by Alec Soth sharing correspondence between the photographer and C. Fausto Cabrera, a prisoner at a Minnesota correctional facility, features in a new piece on Buzzfeed. The two began writing letters to each other in spring this year, at the outbreak of the coronavirus. Read the Buzzfeed feature here. The story also appears in Minnesota paper, the Star Tribune, this week. Read it here.

Alec Soth George Floyd memorial. Minneapolis, MN. USA. June 5th, 2020. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

Steve McCurry in Forbes and The Guardian

Forbes has interviewed Steve McCurry about his new book, In Search of Elsewhere: Unseen Images. The photographer discusses “the human element” in his work, gaining a feel for a place on his travels, and capturing everyday moments. Read the piece here.

The Guardian has shared a photo gallery featuring images from the book which includes works from Papa New Guinea, India, Tibet, Cuba and more. View the gallery and read more here.

Steve McCurry Kolkata. India. 2018. © Steve McCurry | Magnum Photos

The New York Times pays tribute to late Bruno Barbey

The New York Times has published an obituary for the French Magnum photographer Bruno Barbey, who died earlier this month aged 79. The newspaper recalled Barbey’s assertion that photography “is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” Read the piece here. Read testimonies from Magnum photographers, who reflected on Barbey’s work and legacy, here.

Bruno Barbey Biafra territory. Troops of the Federal Government on patrol.

Bruno BARBEY- French photographer. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr’s Ireland project in The Mirror

The new book by Martin Parr, From The Pope to a Flat White, has been featured in an article in Irish edition of The Mirror. The monograph collects work the photographer has made in the country over four decades, and accompanies an exhibition which is touring around Ireland. Read the feature here.

Martin Parr The Pope gives mass at Phoenix Park. Phoenix Park. Dublin. Ireland. 1979. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Documentary with Steve Waugh features on ABC

Australian news channel and website ABC has shared a feature on the documentary, ‘Capturing Cricket’, which explores Steve Waugh and Trent Parke’s journey to photograph the “spirit of cricket” in India. Parke mentored the professional cricketer — whom he met when Parke photographed the Australian cricket team on tour in 1996 — on image-making for a book project. Read the feature here.

Trent Parke Steve Waugh. Spirit of cricket in India trip. Having a coaching session with child prodigy Shyan Jamal. India. 2020. © Trent Parke | Magnum Photos

Art and Object reviews Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu, a touring exhibition which came to Venice this summer, and stays on show at the Palazzo Grassi until March next year, features in a review on Art and Object this week. Read it here.

Henri Cartier-Bresson © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson Lourdes, major place of Christian pilgrimage. Hautes-Pyrénées. France. 1958. © Henri Cartier-Bresson © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson | Magnum Photos

Alec Soth in MERDE

“Satirical anti-fashion magazine” MERDE features work by Alec Soth in its third print issue, out today. Images appearing in the magazine depict a snow-covered Minnesota. Find more information about the project here.

Alec Soth Brianna. Minnesota. USA. 2007. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos