The Magnum Digest: November 9, 2018
Susan Meiselas is nominated for the Deutsche Börse Prize, Magnum Photos exhibits at Paris Photo, a Magnum plaque is unveiled in Paris, and more from the agency this week
Susan Meiselas is nominated for the Deutsche Börse Prize
Susan Meiselas has been shortlisted for The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019, one of the most prestigious accolades that exists within the photography world, for her retrospective exhibition Mediations. It included Meiselas’ early photography project Carnival Strippers, which focused on the lives of women in the travelling girl shows of 1970s America; and her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and records of human rights in Latin America, some of her best-known work.
Read The Photographer’s Gallery announcement here. Learn more about Meiselas’ practice on Magnum here here.
Bieke Depoorter and her Muse
Bieke Depoorter initially began photographing Agata for the Paris Magnum Live Lab, and has since developed a bond with her muse that has resulted in numerous photographic projects, as featured in Magnum’s current London Print Room exhibition Collaborative Portraiture.
Read an in-depth conversation between Depoorter and Agata in De Standaard’s magazine here. Revisit the series of images where this project began here.
Christopher Anderson’s Approximate Joy in De Standaard
Christopher Anderson’s latest book Approximate Joy, which explores youth in contemporary China, is featured in De Standaard’s Weekend magazine here.
Read Magnum’s interview with Anderson about Approximate Joy here.
Sim Chi Yin’s photographic series One Day We’ll Understand (2018) traces the photographer’s family history in British Malaya. The series is part of the group exhibition UnAuthorised Medium, currently on show at Framer Framed gallery in Amsterdam.
Read a review of the exhibition by ArtAsiaReview Magazine here. Learn more about Sim Chi Yin and her practice here. More info on the UnAuthorised Medium exhibition here.
Magnum Photos at Paris Photo 2018
For Paris Photo 2018, Magnum Photos has presented a range of vintage and contemporary works by Magnum photographers including: Mikhael Subotzky, Matt Black, Cristina de Middel, Abbas, René Burri, Werner Bischof, Peter van Agtmael, Jonas Bendiksen, Ernest Cole, Bruce Davidson, Raymond Depardon, Bruce Gilden, Harry Gruyaert, Susan Meiselas, Thomas Dworzak and Newsha Tavakolian.
More info here.
Elsewhere at Paris Photo
Christopher Anderson’s Approximate Joy is showing at Danziger Gallery’s stand, and he will be signing copies of the Approximate Joy book at Jeu de Paume on Saturday at 4pm. Anderson will also be signing exhibition catalogues from his Bleu, Blanc, Rougue exhibition at Ravestijn Gallery (which is published by Hatje Cantz) at the Hatje Cantz stand on Friday at 4.30pm.
Elliott Erwitt Havana Club 7 Fellowship presents Diana Markosian’s Over the Rainbow at Paris Photo. Over the Rainbow is a project mixing portraiture and video in an imaginary world, accompanied by documentary images to unveil the many facets of the transformation of a Cuban girl into a woman. See it at Stand A23.
Richard Kalvar will be signing his new Photo Poche at the Actes Sud stand (S12) on Friday and Saturday, between 4 pm and 5 pm on both days. On Saturday, he will then race to Le Bal, where he has another book-signing at 5:30 pm.
Cristina de Middel is signing her new book Jungle Cheek, a collaboration with Kalev Erickson, published by Spanish publisher RM. Visitors to the RM stand at Paris Photo can pick up a copy and have their book signed on Friday at 6pm.
Susan Meiselas will be signing copies of her book Mediations at the Damiani booth on Friday at 1pm. Meiselas will also be signing In History at the stand of publisher Éditions Bessard / Les Yeux Ouverts, booth SE20, at 5pm on Saturday, hosted by Anatole Desachy.
The new Inge Morath biography by Linda Gordon, Inge Morath: Magnum Legacy (published by Prestel and Magnum Foundation), launches at the new Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris. Join Magnum for the launch event with an evening of discussion on Friday at 6pm. More information here.
Classic French Photography
The Guardian has showcased classic French photography, featured in a new exhibition for Paris Photo, and including Magnum greats Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martine Franck. See more here.
Martine Franck: A Retrospective
On November 6, The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson opened a new venue in Paris, complete with an exhibition of works by Cartier-Bresson’s late wife Martine Franck who initiated the foundation. The retrospective includes over 140 photographic works, ranging from social and political documentation to portraits of painters and writers, and travel photography.
Read a review by The Art Newspaper here. Take a look through a selection of Frank’s seminal images here.
Paris gets a Magnum Memorial Plaque
This week, a memorial plaque was unveiled at 37 rue Froidevaux, 14th arrondissement, where Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David “Chim” Seymour had their studio from 1937 to 1939. Bruno Barbey photographed the unveiling.
In the lead up to the US midterm elections on November 6, Susan Meiselas, Jim Goldberg , Peter van Agtmael, and over 100 other artists partnered with For Freedoms, the creative platform for engagement, discourse, and direct action, to create political billboards as part of the #50StateInitiative, a large public art project that took place across the country.
Read more about the initiative here.