Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: September 11, 2020

Jim Goldberg and Alessandra Sanguinetti portray the social climate in California, Antoine d’Agata photographs Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Rafal Milach on LGBTQ youth in Poland, plus more

Alessandra Sanguinetti The boy and his family came from the suburbs of San Francisco to get away from the lockdown. Dillon Beach. California. July, 2020. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos

Jim Goldberg and Alessandra Sanguinetti document California residents for We Demain

A profile of the novelist Douglas Kennedy in We Demain was recently accompanied by a photo essay by Jim Goldberg and Alessandra Sanguinetti. The pair took portraits of their local community in Petaluma, California, and interviewed them about their views on the state of contemporary America. Kennedy, who the magazine describes as Euro-American and a “privileged observer of the United States”, authored The Pursuit of Happiness and La symphonie du hasard (The Great Wide Open) and has sold 5 million books in France. See the piece in We Demain’s print edition.

Alessandra Sanguinetti Rosa and her daughter. Rosa’s been out of work since March. Rohnert Park. California. July, 2020. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos

Antoine d’Agata goes inside closed Paris museum for Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair France has featured a selection of work by Antoine d’Agata taken inside the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which was closed to the public as a result of Covid-19 measures. The photographer went to the museum at night, photographing the museum’s empty halls and its shrouded artefacts. See the work in the September 2020 issue of Vanity Fair France. See more of d’Agata’s work exploring France during the Covid-19 period here.

Antoine d’Agata Musée d'Art Deco, closed to visitors due to Covid-19 Pandemic. Paris. France. June 04 , 2020. © Antoine d’Agata | Magnum Photos

Rafal Milach depicts LGBTQ activist youth for Marie Claire

Marie Claire France has published a feature on LGBT youth in Poland by Rafal Milach. The photographer spoke to a range of creatives and activists in Warsaw who are campaigning for rights in the country where conservative policitican Andrzej Duda was recently re-elected as president. Read the feature in Marie Claire France’s print edition.

Rafal Milach Karol Radziszewski, queer artist and activist, publisher of gay magazine DIK fagazine. Warsaw, Poland. 12.07.2020 © Rafal Milach | Magnum Photos

Stuart Franklin speaks to VICE

A new video for VICE News sees Stuart Franklin explaining the story behind two of his images from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 — a young man demonstrating in front of the monument to the Goddess of Democracy, and his much-published image of the ‘tank man’. Franklin unpacks symbolism in the images, recounts the events he witnessed at the protests, and describes how the photographs were snuck out of the country and distributed throughout international media. Watch the video here. Read an essay by Franklin on the Tiananmen Square images, and the role of political photographs, on Magnum here.

Stuart Franklin 'The Tank Man' stopping the column of T59 tanks. Tien An Men Square. Beijing. China. 4th June 1989. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

Josef Koudelka interviewed in The Art Newspaper

Ahead of the opening of Josef Koudelka’s new solo exhibition, ‘Ruines’, at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France next week, The Art Newspaper’s French edition has published an interview with the photographer. “I have always photographed things that are in the process of disappearing [translated from French],” Koudelka tells the paper. Read it in the September 1, 2020 issue of The Art Newspaper, France. Find more information about the exhibition here.

Josef Koudelka The Temple of Apollo. Delphi. Greece. 1991. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos

David Hurn’s photograph of ballroom dancers in The Guardian

The Guardian recently published a gallery of images from the ‘Facing Britain’ exhibition, now on show at Germany’s Museum Goch, which includes David Hurn’s image of two young ballroom dancers in Bargoed, Wales in 1973. The exhibition features documentary photography on Britain from the 1960s onwards. View the piece in The Guardian here.

David Hurn Junior Wales ballroom dancing championships at the Savoy Ballroom. Bargoed. Wales. GB. 1973 © David Hurn | Magnum Photos