Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: August 24, 2018

Foundation grants open, The New York Times remembers the Warsaw Pact Invasion, Christopher Anderson takes over on Instagram, and more from Magnum photographers this week

Philip Jones Griffiths Middlesbrough, England, GB. 1976. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos

Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation Award Opens

Applications are now open for the 2018 Philip Jones Griffiths Award. The award is given for documentary photography and the prize, £10,000, must be used to complete a body of work, regardless of what stage the project is in. The subject matter must be related to issues of social and political importance. When Griffiths talked about working in Vietnam, he focused on the two approaches to a story. As he put it; “the choice that every photographer can make is ultimately, do you cover a huge area in a very shallow way, or do you try and concentrate and go deeper”. This award exists to support work falling into the latter category; to help photojournalists dig behind the facades of stories and reveal the true forces at play.

The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2018. More information and details on how to apply here. Read Philip Jones Griffiths on his own practice here.

Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship 2019

The 2019 Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship for Emerging Photographers, Artists, Journalists & Scholars is also now open. The Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program aims to increase diversity and creativity in the field of documentary photography through capacity-building alongside critical explorations of photography and social change. For more information and applications, go here.

Philip Jones Griffiths The troops of the 1st. Cavalry Division during an operation near the Ashau Valley in the northern part of South Viet Nam. Vietnam. 1968. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos

50 Years since Josef Koudelka Photographed the Invasion of Prague

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Pact’s Invasion of Czechoslovakia. Prague resident Josef Koudelka was in the city when Soviet tanks arrived. His coverage of the events not only led to his career as a Magnum photographer, but to his life as an an “exile”. The New York Times explored this world-changing piece of history alongside some of Koudelka’s work. Read the article here. Koudelka’s own words on his experiences during the invasion can be read on Magnum here.

Nowhere Films is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to bring the documentary Koudelka Shooting the Holy Land to larger audiences, worldwide. Support the effort here.

Magnum Photographer Ian Berry was one of the few foreign photographers in Prague on the night of the invasion. Read his account of how spirit, luck, and ingenuity meant he was able to report on the events and file his story in time for his Paris Match deadline here.

Josef Koudelka Prague, Czechoslovakia. August 1968. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos
Josef Koudelka Prague, Czechoslovakia. August, 1968. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos

Christopher Anderson’s Instagram Takeover

Magnum’s Christopher Anderson has been sharing a selection of his work over on the Instagram account of international photography title, GUP Magazine, which has published a portfolio of Anderson’s work and features a special-edition cover by the photographer in its latest issue. Check out the takeover here.

Christopher Anderson Ford F150. Austin, TX, USA. 2010. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos
Christopher Anderson Financial district and New York Stock Exchange. New York City, NY, USA. 2008. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos

David Hurn on BBC Wales

A documentary about the life and work of Magnum photographer David Hurn will air on BBC Wales this Saturday at 9pm. More information on the film, along with clips, is available here.

In the film Hurn talks about his work in the UK and America, and travels to California to meet one former subject, Jane Fonda. Read David Hurn’s interview about photographing the actress here.

David Hurn Jane Fonda in Barbarella. 1967. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos

Paolo Pellegrin in Zurich

Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin will be in Zurich next week for an artist talk about his practice. For more information about the talk, which takes place on August 30, go here.

Paolo Pellegrin IceBridge flight surveying climate change in Antarctica. Aerials taken from a NASA P3 plane flying over South Peninsula A. Antarctica, 2017. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
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