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The Magnum Digest: November 30, 2018

Cristina de Middel for Vanity Fair, Thomas Dworzak picks up a Royal Photographic Society award, and more from Magnum this week

Cristina de Middel Marina de Tavira, star of Alfonso Cauron's "Roma." Mexico City, Mexico. 2018. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos

Cristina de Middel for Vanity Fair

Cristina de Middel photographed the stars of Alfonso Cuaró’s Roma, including first-timer female lead Yalitza Aparicio. Read the interview and see the photographs here.

Read more about Cristina de Middel’s practice here.

Cristina de Middel Yalitza Aparicio, star of Alfonso Cauron's "Roma." Mexico, Mexico City. 2018. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos

Magnum Learn on i-D

Magnum Photos is launching a new online learning platform for photography, Magnum Learn. In anticipation of the launch, i-D Magazine recently published an interview with two Magnum staff members, who go behind the scenes of this new project, which makes photographic education available for “the price of a yearly Netflix subscription”. Read the feature here.

The Art of Street Photography is the first online course from Magnum Photos and launches soon on

Richard Kalvar Foot, ice cream popsicle and guitar on West 3rd street. New York, USA. 1970. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos

Thomas Dworzak Honored by the Royal Photographic Society

Thomas Dworzak, president of Magnum Photos, has been awarded The Hood Medal, which recognizes a photographic project dealing with public social concerns, for his involvement in Europa: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees. This multi-lingual guidebook was produced, and made widely available, for displaced peoples arriving in Europe.

Read the full list of winners here. Read the Magnum story about the Europa project here.

Thomas Dworzak On 14.6.1985 the first EU agreement to open European internal borders was signed on the boat "Princess Marie-Astrid". This gave name to the "Schengen Area". Camino de Compostela. Luxembourg, Scheng (...)

Thomas Dworzak on Pacific Standard

Dworzak’s work on Abkhazia was recently published by Pacific Standard. The tiny territory on the Black Sea hopes to boost its bid for nationhood by welcoming Syrians fleeing civil war.

Read the feature here.

Thomas Dworzak Monument commemorating the 19th century deportation and genozide of the Circassian people. Abkhazia/Abkhazeti, Georgia, 2018/09. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos

Magnum and Create Jobs

This week saw the conclusion of a five-week project aimed at lowering the barriers to entry for young Londoners who are under-represented in the creative industries. The project, a collaboration with Magnum Photos, Create Jobs and HudsonBec Group, saw 15 emerging photographers seek to answer the question, “What is London?”

Read all about the project, and see some of the work the young photographers made, on It’s Nice That.

Read some of the tips the photographers learned on Lecture in Progress.

Featured photo by Eric Aydin-Barberini.

© Eric Aydin-Barberini

Magnum China on the New York Times

Published earlier this autumn, Magnum China explores the collective’s long history in the country, providing an in-depth photographic account of China, its people, and the changes they have witnessed over the last nine decades.

Read the review on the New York Times here. Read the Magnum article “From Civil Strife to Global Superpower: 80 Years of Magnum in China,” here.

Ian Berry Ancient and modern China come together in this new industrial town. Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. 1992. © Ian Berry | Magnum Photos

Martine Franck in the Press

AnOther Magazine celebrates the life of Magnum photographer Martine Franck, exploring her work independently of that of her famous husband, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Read the feature here. More information on the exhibition at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson here.

“Kindness, empathy and a respect for those marginalized by society were always integral to Franck’s photography. In an era where those qualities often seem to be in short supply, her work seems more vital than ever,” writes Cath Pound in her write-up for the BBC, which you can read here.

Martine Franck Salvation army. NYC, USA. 1979. © Martine Franck | Magnum Photos

Jonas Bendiksen on Helsingin Sanomat

Jonas Bendiksen’s project exploring the lives of self-proclaimed ‘Jesuses’ has been published by Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, alongside an interview with the photographer. Read the story in Finnish here. Read more about Bendiksen’s project The Last Testament on Magnum here.

Jonas Bendiksen INRI Cristo at the end of a prayer session in the compound chapel. INRI (born Alvaro Theiss) takes his first name from the initials of the inscription the Romans placed on the cross to spite him 2, (...)

Paolo Pellegrin on Zeit

German newspaper Zeit has marked Paolo Pellegrin’s Rome retrospective with a career-spanning slideshow of some of his most memorable works. See it here. More information about the exhibition at the MAXXI Museum here.

Jérôme Sessini on Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia has published a fashion shoot by Jérôme Sessini along with an interview with the photographer about the concept and process.

See the feature here.

Jérôme Sessini Fashion Shoot. Model Bianca O'Brien. Athens, Greece. 2018. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
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