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The Magnum Digest: September 10, 2021

Magnum photographers speak to Sky about their 9/11 coverage, Alex Webb photographs disaster mother and child 20 years on, Peter van Agtmael’s war books featured in The Baffler, and Robert Capa exhibition opens in London

Susan Meiselas USA. New York City. September 11, 2001. Pedestrians on Church Street run from falling debris as Tower 2, the South Tower, of the World Trade Center collapses at 9:55 a.m. Tower 1, the North Tower, (...)

Magnum photographers reflect on 9/11 coverage on Sky

Susan Meiselas, Larry Towell and Peter van Agtmael were recently interviewed by Sky about September 11. Meiselas and Towell reflected on their experiences documenting the attacks on the World Trade Center on the day, as well as the legacy of the events. Peter van Agtmael spoke about his photographic beginnings at the time and his work exploring war in its aftermath. Watch the segment on Sky Italy here.

Larry Towell USA. NYC. 9/11/2001. A dazed man picks up a paper that was blown out of the towers after the attack of the World Trade Center, and begins to read it. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos

Alex Webb revisits subjects of 9/11 photo, 20 years on, for Wall Street Journal

A piece on The Wall Street Journal tracks the subjects of photos taken during 9/11, 20 years after they appeared in the images of the events. Alex Webb initially photographed Jenna Piccirillo and her son Vaughan as a 3-month old baby on the roof deck of her building in Brooklyn with the Twin Towers collapsing in the background of the image. The piece revisited the pair two decades on and hear their reflections on the devastation and surrealism of the situation they found themselves in: see his images and read the piece here.

Alex Webb USA. New York City. September 11, 2001. View of Lower Manhattan from a Brooklyn Heights rooftop. © Alex Webb | Magnum Photos
Alex Webb | 911ANNIVERSARY Jenna Piccirillo and son Vaughan on the beach in the rain Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Westport, Connecticut. © Alex Webb | Magnum Photos

Peter van Agatmael’s work featured in The Baffler

A profile by The Baffler magazine of Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael unpacks the significance of the photographer’s 15 years of work on America’s wars, situating it in and contrasting it with a wider history of war photography. The magazine’s Joshua Craze describes van Agtmael’s five books as “less a study of American warfare than of America at war: its nationalism and its narratives, its enabling dreamworlds and quieter aporias.” Read more here.

Peter van Agtmael Afghanistan. Jalalabad. 2007. Lieutenant Erik Malmstrom turns away from photographs of three of his soldiers killed in a Taliban ambush in the Waigul Valley on August 11, 2006. By the end of the d (...)

Susan Meiselas photographs artist Avery Singer

A piece in W magazine profiles New York-based painter Avery Singer, and is illustrated with portraits taken by Susan Meiselas. Singer, who at the age of 34 is the youngest artist represented by the gallery Hauser & Wirth, creates artworks inspired by motifs from Renaissance paintings as well as contemporary internet culture. Read the piece and see Meiselas’ images here.

Susan Meiselas Artist Avery Singer in front of her work "Edgelord" in her New York City studio. June 15, 2021. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

Capa Exhibition in Washington Post and New York Times

The annual photography fair, Photo London, opened this week in venues across the city. An exhibition of 50 Robert Capa photographs is on show as part of the program, at the Messums gallery. The New York Times recommended readers to visit in its September Art Fairs round-up, while The Washington Post’s Kenneth Dickerman reviewed the work, which you can read here.

Robert Capa © International Center of Photography Spain. Córdoba front. Early September, 1936. Death of a loyalist militiaman. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos

Newsha Tavakolian is guest on Zeitgeist19 podcast

An interview on Zeitgest19 podcast recently heard Iranian creative Kiana Talebpour interviewing Magnum photographer Newsha Tavakolian. Listen to Tavakolian discuss her practice, life and career here.

Newsha Tavakolian Syria. Semalka Border. Rojava. Torin Khairegi, 18, in Zinar base. "I joined YPJ about seven months ago, because I was looking for something meaningful in my life and my leader [Ocalan] showed me (...)
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