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The Magnum Digest: November 6, 2020

Peter van Agtmael’s election coverage in full on Libération, Rafal Milach depicts protests for abortion in Poland, Lindokuhle Sobekwa’s images for Wellcome, plus more

Peter van Agtmael A get together in support of President Donald J Trump’s re-election. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. USA. October 28. 2020. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Peter van Agtmael depicts US election for Libération

Libération has published a online gallery of the work Peter van Agtmael has shot on assignment for the newspaper over the last weeks. The photographer visited towns and cities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, mapping political sentiment in locations that would prove key to deciding the outcome of the vote to elect the US president. View the gallery here.

Peter van Agtmael President Donald J. Trump gives a campaign rally in the weeks leading up the 2020 election. Erie, Pennsylvania. USA. 2020. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael President Donald J. Trump gives a campaign rally in the weeks leading up the 2020 election. Erie, Pennsylvania. USA. 2020. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Rafal Milach’s documentation of abortion protests on Causette and The Calvert Journal

Mass demonstrations have taken place in Poland in protest of a proposed revision of legislation which would ban abortion. Rafal Milach was in Warsaw documenting the action on the streets by those opposed to the ban, from October 22 to 30. His work can be seen on Causette, in French, here now. In a further piece on The Calvert Journal, the work is seen alongside protest images in Poland stretching back to 2016, when Milach launched an archive of protest photography focused on Poland in collaboration with 12 other photographers who were recording resistance to rising right-wing sentiment as the PiS party gained power. See the archive, via their website, here. Read the Calvert Journal feature here.

Rafał Milach Poster with logo of Women's Strike. Protest organised by Strajko Kobiet (Women's Strike) and other feminist organisations. More than 150,000 people marched in "To Warsaw", a protest against the dec (...)

Lindokuhle Sobekwa commissioned to depict anxiety by Wellcome

Wellcome has commissioned five photographers to make images in response to the mental health impacts resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Each artist responded to the question, ““How are you, your family and your friends coping with anxiety related to Covid-19?” Lindokuhle Sobekwa made images in his local area and its surrounding townships, outside Johannesburg in South Africa. “Sobekwa also captures the improvised attempts to find joy in the everyday, from shadow puppets by candlelight during power cuts, to celebrating his birthday despite being away from his mother, brother and sisters,” describes Creative Review, of the project. See their feature and more images by the photographers here.

Lindokuhle Sobekwa Lockdown level 3. We had to separate has a family during the lockdown to try to practice social distancing. My mother went to live with my two nephews and I stayed at my girlfriend's place and my b (...)

The Guardian covers new Alec Soth book

Alec Soth’s new book, The Parameters of Our Cage, published by MACK, has been featured on The Guardian. The newspaper interviewed Soth and Christopher Fausto Cabrera, an inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility who wrote a letter to Soth in January 2020, which began a months-long correspondence about politics, art and their personal histories. Read the feature here.

Alec Soth Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross at the confluence. Sleeping by the Mississippi. Wickliffe, Kentucky. USA. 2002. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

Khalik Allah profile in Numéro

2020 Magnum nominee Khalik Allah appears in the print edition of Numéro magazine this week. The photographer’s work from 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Brooklyn can be seen alongside a written profile by Alexis Thibault. You can the feature in the magazine’s November issue, number 218.

Khalik Allah Sapphire on 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. Harlem, New York. USA. 2014. © Khalik Allah | Magnum Photos

Alessandra Sanguinetti’s book selected by i-D

The new book, The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Illusion of an Everlasting Summer, by Alessandra Sanguinetti, features in i-D’s list of ‘20 moving, funny, frank, sexy photo stories from 2020’ this week. See the full round-up of stories on their site here, and read the magazine’s coverage of the project here.

Alessandra Sanguinetti Buenos Aires. Argentina. 2003. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos

Nanna Heitmann selected for PhotoPlus Expo’s 30 photographers

PhotoPlus has nominated Nanna Heitmann in The 30, its list of new and emerging photographers to watch for the year 2020. TIME magazine describes the list as “as a “go-to outlet to discover up-and-coming photographers”. See the full line-up at

Nanna Heitmann An old model airplane. One of the countless treasures Yuri finds on the garbage damp on which he lives. Sometimes relatives come to visit and pick up toys for their children. Yenisei River. Kyzyl. (...)
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