Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: September 4, 2020

Gregory Halpern’s ode to Guadeloupe on the BJP, Magnum photographers on ‘dreams’ for Suddeutsche Zeitung, plus archival footage on Magnum photographers in BBC documentary

Gregory Halpern © Gregory Halpern | Magnum Photos

Gregory Halpern’s Guadeloupe work featured in the BJP

The British Journal of Photography recently published an interview with Gregory Halpern on his forthcoming book, Let the Sun Beheaded Be. The project explores folklore, poetry and colonialism in context of the Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe. Read the BJP’s interview here, and find out more about the project on Magnum, here.

An exhibition of Let the Sun Beheaded Be, which is showing at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and at SFMOMA, also features in The New York Times Style Magazine’s five cultural highlights of the week. “Halpern’s use of light and color, of negative space and raw gestures create an unflinching and layered portrait of a place whose history is unavoidably present,” says the magazine. Read the full list here.

Gregory Halpern © Gregory Halpern | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photographers feature in Suddeutsche Zeitung magazine

SZ Magazin, the magazine supplement of German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, has published images by three Magnum photographers in its latest fashion issue themed around ‘dreams’. Titled ‘Close Your Eyes’, the issue includes work by Olivia Arthur from her collaboration with Philip Ebeling documenting the life of French trans woman TiChan, as well as Alessandra Sanguinetti, who responds to the theme with an image from her home in Petaluma, California, and Alec Soth, who documents his recent experiments with sculpture and his early journey into photography through that medium. See the feature in SZ Magazin print issue number 36.

Alessandra Sanguinetti California. USA. July 2020. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alec Soth As a child I loved to build forts in the woods behind my house. In high school, this desire to create something from whatever materials were at hand led me to start making sculptures. In college, t (...)

Magnum Photographers feature in BBC documentary

A documentary titled ‘On Camera: Photographers at the BBC’, first shown in 2017, was recently broadcast again on BBC Four. The feature aims to reveal “the working practices, lives and opinions of some of the greatest photographers since the 1950s”, highlighting the work of individuals such as Eve Arnold, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martin Parr. The film draws on archival footage held by the BBC around the making of news and arts programs and how these artists came to define key genres in photography. The documentary can be watched by viewers in UK here until September 22.

Eve Arnold on the set of Becket. GB. Photo: Robert Penn. 1963.

Magnum portraits of artists featured in Airmail

The magazine Airmail has featured Magnum’s new book collecting images of great artists taken by Magnum photographers. The magazine shares images including Philippe Halsman’s portrait of a many-armed Jean Cocteau, and of De Chirico in front of his painting ‘Bathers on the Beach’ in which his nude subject’s pose is echoed by his wife Isabella seated in front. See the images here.

Philippe Halsman French poet, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. NYC. USA. 1949. © Philippe Halsman | Magnum Photos
Philippe Halsman Italian painter Giorgio De Chirico and his wife. Rome. Italy. 1951. © Philippe Halsman | Magnum Photos