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The Magnum Digest: What Not To Miss This Week

From London's Print Room exhibition opening to Magnum books and exhibitions

Thomas Hoepker Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, boxing world heavy weight champion in Chicago, jumping from a bridge over the Chicago River. Chicago, Illinois, USA. 1966. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos

Through The Lens

You can now watch all the short films telling the stories behind some of the most well-known images taken by Magnum Photographers on the BBC Culture website here.

Jonas Bendiksen Jesus of Kitwe in his living room. Jesus of Nazareth was a carpenter by trade. On his return two thousand years later he operates two unlicensed taxis in Kitwe, Zambia. Born as Bupete Chibwe Chishi (...)

Jonas Bendiksen’s Messiahs

Australia’s Sunday Morning Herald and Le Monde in France have published a feature on Jonas Bendiksen’s book The Last Testament, for which the photographer met people around the globe who claim to be the Messiah returned. Read the Le Monde feature here, and the Sunday Morning Herald feature here. See more work from this series in the Magnum Photos interview with Bendiksen here.

Larry Towell Proud Heritage, Piegan, 1915, by Roland Reed. Looking over Suncor Energy property fence toward DOW Chemical smoke stacks. Suncor Energy, specializes in the processing of synthetic crude from Albert (...)

The Earth

To mark Earth Day, Zeit Online published commissioned a gallery of images by Magnum photographers from nine personal perspectives on the planet. See the gallery, which includes Susan Meiselas to Larry Towell, here.

Elliott Erwitt Children on Beelen Street. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. October, 1950. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos

American Black & White

Huck Magazine describes Matt Black and Elliot Erwitt’s joint exhibition at the Magnum’s London Print Room as operating in “graphic tandem” despite being shot almost half a century apart. Read the feature here.

Martine Franck Pool designed by Alain Capeilleres. Town of Le Brusc, Provence. France. 1976. © Martine Franck | Magnum Photos

Exhibitions of The Year

The Guardian cites Magnum’s Swaps exhibition as one of the best photography exhibitions of the year. The show, which features prints from David Hurn’s own collection, was built by swapping with other photographers’ work. Magnum Nominee Sohrab Hura’s solo show has also been included in the top 10 list. See the full run-down on The Guardian here.

Read about how the Swaps collection was built on Magnum Photos here. The collection was first shown at PhotoLondon 2017 before it was permanently housed at the National Museum of Wales. Upon bequeathing his collection, Hurn spoke to Magnum about why he was so determined that it had a home in the country close to his heart. Read that interview here.

Peter van Agtmael The Iowa GOP Ronald Reagan dinner headlined by Sarah Palin. Des Moines, Iowa, USA. 2010. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Photobooks of the Year

Photo Eye has asked photographers and other photobook lovers from the industry to select their favourite publications of 2017. See the selection, which includes Elliott Erwitt’s Pittsburgh nominated by Todd Hid, Jonas Bendiksen selected by Larry Fink, and many more, here.

You can also head to LensCulture to find out what the photographic community has chosen for their favourite photobooks published this year here.

See the books published by Magnum photographers here.

René Burri Ernesto (Che) Guevara, Ministry of Industry. Havana, Cuba. 1961-1965. © René Burri | Magnum Photos

Contact Sheets

Feature Shoot have published a story to mark a new third edition of the acclaimed Magnum Contact Sheets book, which explores the moments surrounding some of the most famous images taken by Magnum photographers. See the article here and read the in-depth Theory & Practice feature about what the books reveals here. You can also buy this new edition of the book, signed by 19 Magnum photographers, here.

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