Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: November 27, 2020

New encyclopedia on women photographers features Magnum members, Peter Marlow’s image on cover of Booker-Prize-winning novel, Steve McCurry on taking “perfect portraits”, plus more this week

Inge Morath Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960. © Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

Magnum photographers feature in landmark book on women in the field

A new encyclopedia of works by women photographers has been released in France. Titled Une histoire mondiale des femmes photographes, it features work by Eve Arnold, Inge Morath, Marilyn Silverstone, Martine Franck, Gerda Taro, Susan Meiselas, Cristina Garcia Rodero, and Newsha Tavakolian. Read reviews of the book —in French— online in Libération here, Le Figaro here, L’Oeil de la Photographie here, and i-D here. Print features on the book appeared in Fisheye’s November-December issue, Charlie Hebdo’s November 11 issue, and Elle France’s November 13 issue.

Newsha Tavakolian © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos

Booker-Prize-winning novel features cover image by Peter Marlow

Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain has been selected as the winner of the 2020 Man Booker Prize. The novel’s cover features an image taken by Magnum photographer Peter Marlow. The Independent describes the book as “a brutal and tender classic” — read more about it here.

Peter Marlow Cover of 'Shuggie Bain'. Douglas Stuart, 2019, Grove Press. © Peter Marlow | Magnum Photos

Alec Soth’s prison letter project on CNN

CNN has published a feature about Alec Soth’s latest book, The Parameters of Our Cage. The book publishes the correspondence Soth has conducted with an inmate at Minnesota’s Rush City Correctional Facility, Christopher Fausto Cabrera. Read the article here.

Alec Soth Letter from C. Fausto Cabrera. Minneapolis, Minnesota. USA. April 5, 2020. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

Sohrab Hura’s exhibition reviewed

‘The Lost Head and the Bird’ and ‘Bittersweet’ are two films by Sohrab Hura currently on view online on the website of the Kolkata gallery, Experimenter. A review of the digital exhibition appeared in The Hindu — read it here. An interview with Hura was recently published on MintLounge — read it here.

Sohrab Hura Video still from 'THE LOST HEAD & THE BIRD': Single Channel Video, 10 minutes. India. 2017. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Steve McCurry explains “perfect portraits” to Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘How I Got This Shot’ feature interviews Steve McCurry this week, and delves into the backstory of the photographer’s image of a boy in rural Sichuan, China, taken in 2005. Read the story here.

Steve McCurry A young Tibetan boy in a hat. Litang, Tibet. China. 2005.

TIBET-10605NF © Steve McCurry | Magnum Photos

Bruno Barbey’s image of underwater cycling in The Guardian

The Guardian’s ‘big picture’ feature tells the story of Bruno Barbey’s image of a boy cycling underwater this week. The French Magnum photographer died on November 9, 2020. “Barbey resisted any idea of himself as a war photographer,” writes Tim Adams, “Just as often, as here, he made his pictures articulate the quieter delight of surreal encounters.” Read more here.

Bruno Barbey A boy plays in the Riviere of Galets. Reunion. 1991. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr’s Only Human nominated for Sky award

The nominations for The South Bank Sky Arts Award 2020 have been announced, and include Martin Parr’s retrospective exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery, ‘Only Human’, in the award’s Visual Art category. Read the full press release here.

Martin Parr Nice. France. 2015. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr’s Ireland book selected by The Wall Street Journal

From the Pope to a Flat White, Ireland 1979-2019, a new book by Martin Parr that brings together images he has made in the country over four decades appears in a round-up of “Holiday Gift Books” selected by The Wall Street Journal. See the list of books nominated here.

Martin Parr Flat White. Dublin. Ireland. 2019. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos