Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: August 30, 2019

Interviews with Christopher Anderson and Sohrab Hura, Richard Kalvar's Photo Poche, Dennis Stock's California Trip and more from Magnum photographers this week

Christopher Anderson | Son Marion on bed Brooklyn, New York, USA. 2009. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos

Christopher Anderson on Emmazed

Christopher Anderson’s in-depth interview with Emmazed sees him reflecting on his books Son, Approximate Joy, and the latest – COP, and enthusing on photobooks as a means of creating an experience, rather than serving as collections of ‘greatest hits’.

You can read the interview, and the introductory text by New York Magazine’s director of photography, Jody Quon, here.

Christopher Anderson Street portrait. Shenzhen. China. 2017. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos
Christopher Anderson Street portrait. Shanghai. China. 2017. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos

Sohrab Hura on creating intentional incoherence

Sohrab Hura has been interviewed by Studio International about his latest book, The Coast. Hura discusses drawing readers and viewers into his work with seemingly traditional narrative, before allowing that narrative to ‘collapse’ – encouraging incoherence to reign.

You can read the full interview here, learn more about the project on Magnum, here, and read about the short film the photographer made as part of the project, here.

Signed copies of The Coast are available on the Magnum Shop, here.

Sohrab Hura Images from The Coast © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Richard Kalvar’s Photo Poche on the LA Review of Books

This extended review of Richard Kalvar’s entry in the Photo Poche/Photofile book series takes his photograph of a naked man on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge in 1969 as a starting point for delving into his career-long effort to play with “ordinary reality”, creating “impromptu dramas” from the seemingly every day.

You can read the full feature on LARB, here.


Richard Kalvar Brooklyn Bridge. New York City. USA. 1969. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos

Gregory Halpern’s photographs of the scrap industry in Buffalo

For this New York Times Magazine feature Gregory Halpern teamed up with his brother to explore the life of scrap metal in post-industrial America, and to profile one particulary enterprising scrapper in Buffalo, New York.

You can see the article by Jake Halpern, alongside Gregory’s photographs, here.

Gregory Halpern Aurubis Metal. Buffalo, NY. USA. 2019. © Gregory Halpern | Magnum Photos

Carnival Strippers on BBC Culture

The BBC have covered the ongoing three-photographer show in Arles, Unretouched Women, which features work by Magnum photographers Eve Arnold and Susan Meiselas. The feature dwells specifically on Meiselas’ 1970s project Carnival Strippers, and the ‘disarming intimacy’ of those images.

You can read the full article here on the BBC site, and learn more about Carnival Strippers and Meiselas’ work here, on Magnum.

Susan Meiselas Lena on the Bally Box. Essex Junction, Vermont. USA. 1973. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

Dennis Stock’s California Trip on PDN

As part of the Photo of the Day series PDN has featured Dennis Stock’s project California Trip – a freewheeling photographic journey through the state at the peak of America’s “anti-establishment phenomenon”. You can see the article here, and see more of Stock’s California images on Magnum, here.

A number of the photographs from the series are now available as fine prints on the Magnum Shop.


Dennis Stock California. USA. 1968. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos

Thomas Dworzak for Libération

Numerous reenactors gathered last week to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Paris. Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak was there to cover the events for French newspaper Libération.

You can read the piece in French, here, and learn more about Dworzak’s ongoing coverage of ‘War Games’ here on Magnum. You can learn about Magnum photographers’ coverage of the liberation of Paris from Nazi rule, here.


Thomas Dworzak Celebrations 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris from Nazi German rule. Military car and tank reenactment and parade. Leclerc monument to Denfert-Rocherau. Paris, France. 2019/08/25. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos

Magnum Learn on Digital Camera World

In the fourth instalment of this new series, Digital Camera World has published more exclusive previews of Magnum’s online education program: Magnum Learn. This week’s feature focused on framing, and reacting to the unexpected when working on the street.

You can see the article, here, and read an essay by Magnum’s Cultural Director – Pauline Vermare – on Magnum photos’ long history in the street photography world, here.

The trailer for The Art of Street Photography course can be seen here.

Richard Kalvar Foot, ice cream popsicle and guitar on West 3rd street. New York. USA. 1970. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos
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