Magnum Digest

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 Sandinistas at the walls of the Esteli National Guard headquarters. Esteli. Nicaragua. 1979. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

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.

Susan Meiselas Lena after the show. Essex Junction, Vermont. USA. 1973. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

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.

Bieke Depoorter Agata. Paris, France. 2017. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

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.

Christopher Anderson Street portrait. Shanghai, China. 2018. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos

UnAuthorised Medium

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.

Sim Chi Yin Ou Qingfang, aka Zhou Tong, (b. 1930, Perak) was a guard to Chin Peng, the MCP leader, when the Emergency broke in mid 1948. He later rose to a regional role himself, fighting in the jungles of sou (...)

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, AbbasRené Burri,  Werner Bischof, Peter van AgtmaelJonas BendiksenErnest ColeBruce DavidsonRaymond DepardonBruce GildenHarry GruyaertSusan MeiselasThomas Dworzak and Newsha Tavakolian.

More info here.

Harry Gruyaert During Ramadan. A normally very busy street deserted by citizens for the first meal of the day. Cairo, Egypt. 1987. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos

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.

Inge Morath Henri Cartier-Bresson. Munich, West Germany. 1953. © Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

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 Town of Le Brusc. Pool designed by Alain Capeilleres. Provence, France. © Martine Franck | Magnum Photos

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.

Martine Franck Beach run by Club Med. Agadir, Morocco. © Martine Franck | Magnum Photos

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.

Bruno Barbey Memorial plaque inauguration in 37 rue Froidevaux, 14th district, where Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David "Chim" Seymour had their studio from 1937 to 1939. Paris, France. 2018. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos


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.

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