Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: September 3, 2021

Peter van Agtmael photographs the family of a fallen US soldier for TIME, Magnum photographers show Covid’s impact on children for Unicef, Zied Ben Romdhane explores political tensions in Tunisia, plus more

Peter van Agtmael 2021. San Antonio, Texas. USA. Javier Gutierrez, Jaguar’s father, at his grave at Fort Sam Houston. Sergeant First Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez was killed in Afghanistan in February 2020 by an A (...)

Peter van Agtmael’s image on the cover of TIME

A story in TIME magazine, illustrated by the photographs of Peter van Agtmael, follows the experiences of the family of Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, the last US soldier to be killed fighting in Afghanistan in February 2020 before the countries signed their peace deal. The story explores how the Gutierrez family’s grief, representative of the situation of many in America, has continued as a result of enduring violence. Read the story in the September 13–20 print issue and online here.

Peter van Agtmael Cover of TIME magazine September 13–20, 2021 © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Magnum photographers collaborate on Covid-19 story for Unicef

A project featuring work by Magnum photographers Enri Canaj, Emin Özmen, Lindokuhle Sobekwa, Cristina de Middel, Peter van Agtmael, and Alex Majoli exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the lives of children around the world has been published by Unicef. The project sees the photographers trace the experiences of young people in Greece, Brazil, Turkey, the US, Italy, and South Africa. View the work online here.

Lindokuhle Sobekwa South Africa. Eastern Cape. Flagstaff. 25 May 2021. Indamkele Hintsa with her mother Thandeka. © Lindokuhle Sobekwa | Magnum Photos
Enri Canaj Greece. Lesbos. Moria. 02 September 2020. At “The school of Stars” after the class has finished. Teacher Atefe and Masha greeting each other. © Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos
Cristina de Middel Brazil. Bahia. Itacaré. 04 August 2020. Caio learned that school would close from his mother. “She just came back from work and told me she had received a message from my teacher and that I should (...)
Emin Özmen Turkey, Mardin, 28 September 2020. Hamit (8) kisses one of his birds on the rooftop of his house. As schools are not planed to open for older than 1class students yet because of the new Covid-19 m (...)
Peter van Agtmael USA. NY. Brooklyn. 16 June 2021. Julissa Richards in her room, where she has spent most of the pandemic. She has struggled with her mental health through the long pandemic. She has a deep fear of (...)
Alex Majoli Italy. June 15 th 2021. Fara Gerda d'Aadda (Bergamo). In June 2021, Anna, 14, plays guitar in her room after her final school exams. "Before the pandemic, I was taking music courses. Then with the (...)

Zied Ben Romdhane’s images feature in Le Monde

A story in Le Monde exploring the political landscape of Tunisia is illustrated by the images of Zied Ben Romdhane. The article interviews supporters of the country’s current president, Kaïs Saïed, who has enacted sweeping changes in the government in the name of fighting corruption, including the dismissal of the prime minister this July. Read the piece here.

Zied Ben Romdhane Tunisia. Gafsa. Redayef 28 Aout 2021. Mounir Helali, main coordinator of the sit-in protest of the unemployed people protesting at the phosphate plant, demanding work. © Zied Ben Romdhane | Magnum Photos
Zied Ben Romdhane Tunisia. Gafsa. Redayef. 28 August 2021. © Zied Ben Romdhane | Magnum Photos

Enri Canaj is shortlisted for Leica Oskar Barnack Award

Magnum photographer Enri Canaj has received a nomination for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, a prize given to a body of work in the genre of documentary photography. Canaj’s Say Goodbye Before You Leave, collecting over a decade of his photographs on the subject of migration, is one of 12 shortlisted projects among which a winner will be chosen in November this year. Read about Canaj’s project and the other nominated works here.

Enri Canaj GREECE. Lesbos. October 2015. A small boat with refugees and migrants reached safely the Greek coast. It was hard to get the boat to land because of the bad sea. © Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos

The Washington Post reviews Magnum 2020

A new review of the Magnum 2020 book in The Washington Post has described the publication as being “filled with exquisite images”. The publication chronicled the lives and work of Magnum photographers during one year in their own images. In his review the newspaper’s Kenneth Dickerman reflects on the tumultuous events documented by the membership, saying “The last year has shined a light on how power and privilege are wielded, and can work for good or be incredibly destructive and damaging. It’s brought forth a lot of anger and frustration. Magnum isn’t immune to that. None of us are.” Read the Washington Post article here and get the book on the Magnum shop.

Emin Özmen Turkey, Edirne. 2020. Migrants wait in front of Greek border gate in Pazarkule, Edirne. Thousands of them flocked into the buffer zone between Turkish Greek border in a hope to cross the border int (...)

Gilles Peress’ new book receives award at Arles, plus press mentions

Gilles Peress’s Whatever You Say, Say Nothing has been awarded the Author’s Book Award Special Mention at the 2021 Rencontres d’Arles. Ahead of the release this month of the book and its accompanying textual volume, Annals of the North (by Gilles and Chris Klatell) in North America, both published by Steidl, the publications have received press coverage from: The Washington Post (“will surely go down as one of the most compelling photographic works of our time . . . One work that comes to mind is another monumental one – ‘Finnegans Wake’”), Le Monde (a “visual odyssey, the most striking we have seen for a long time . . . an unparalleled work”); The Guardian (“staggering . . . dauntingly ambitious . . . a singular achievement, by turns raw and tender, quietly reflective and gut-wrenchingly emotional. All human life is here as it was lived during the Troubles. This is what reality looks like during an unreal time.”); Süddeutsche Zeitung (“to say that ‘Whatever You Say, Say Nothing’ depicts the [Bloody Sunday] massacre is as much of an understatement as claiming that Flaubert’s Sentimental Education merely tells the events of the Revolution of 1848”); Der Freitag (Peress’s “magnum Opus”); ND (“epoch-making”); Radio (“a monumental book project beyond compare”); the Derry Journal (“sets the bar dizzyingly high”); and an entire special edition of The Eye of Photography (“an event. Something rarely experienced. See the birth of a monument that will be in all libraries worthy of the name at the end of the year.” – JJ Naudet; “The work has a ‘thereness’ that’s so sincerely real and that goes to the heart of photography, maybe even art; it feels inside of time, and also transcendent of time.” – Donovan Wylie), as well as other publications.   

Gilles Peress From 'Whatever You Say, Say Nothing' © Gilles Peress | Magnum Photos

Koudelka exhibition in Rome reviewed

Juliet Magazine has reviewed the exhibition ‘Josef Koudelka. Radici. Evidenza della storia, enigma della bellezza’ on show at the Museo dell’Ara Pacis in Rome until September 26. “Koudelka’s images lend themselves to both documentary and poetic readings because they ‘speak’ about photography as philosophy,” Sara Buoso writes. Read it here.

Josef Koudelka Greece. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr’s image on the cover of Holy Show

Holy Show, a magazine exploring contemporary Irish life and art, shares the images of Martin Parr in its new issue. A feature inside the magazine shares Parr’s project, From the Pope to a Flat White, while an image from his project The Last Resort takes the cover of the magazine. Read’s review of the magazine issue here.

Martin Parr From 'The Last Resort.' New Brighton, England. Great Britain. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Alex Majoli’s Opera Aperta reviewed

The Brooklyn Rail shares its review of Alex Majoli’s latest book, Opera Apera, which saw the photographer continue his exploration of photojournalism as theater during the coronavirus pandemic. “This composite project incorporates ideas about performance and the pandemic in a narrative that cannily straddles realism and symbolic exaggeration,” writes the magazine. Read it here.

Alex Majoli SCENE#8846. Collage made with a photo taken during the Covid 19 pandemic and one taken in Reggio Emilia at the Teatro Ariosto while actress Cristina Castellani performing. Italy, 2021 March, Reggio (...)
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