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The Magnum Digest: What Not To Miss This Week

From Raymond Depardon's memories of photographing Johnny Hallyday to new work featured in The New Yorker and The Paris Review, see noteworthy stories from Magnum photographers

Raymond Depardon Johnny Hallyday. Paris, France. 1967, © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos

Depardon on Hallyday

In a tribute to the late French rock and roll singer Johnny Hallyday, Liberation published Raymond Depardon’s recollection of taking this famous photograph. “I had never seen anyone go shirtless on stage,” he says. Read the feature here.

Thomas Hoepker Valparaiso, Chile. 2017. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos

Retold Opens

The Magnum Retold exhibition, which sees contemporary Magnum photographers revisiting and reimagining iconic stories from Magnum’s 70-year history, opened this week in London. Read reviews of the show at the Olympus Gallery on BJP and Wallpaper. Francesca Sears, Magnum’s Content Director who managed the Retold project and exhibition spoke to Aesthetica Magazine about Retold, discussing how she particularly enjoyed “being taken on what felt like a spiritual journey into the Andes, partly enhanced by the unique hang of the images.” Read the full interview here.

Jim Goldberg "Bus Stop" from the project, "Candy." New Haven, CT. USA. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos


Jim Goldberg’s new book Candy is reviewed in The New Yorker:“With Candy, he is bringing Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, W. Eugene Smith, and Garry Winogrand back home with him. A signature Goldberg effect, of including handwritten commentary from subjects on the surfaces of photographs, gives his city-in-a-book a chorus of voices.” Read the article here.

Carolyn Drake | Internat © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos


The Paris Review has previewed Carolyn Drake’s new book Internat, created in a Ukrainian orphanage. She tells the publication, “I was interested in how girls develop in an environment void of men, especially in Ukraine, where women seemed to me a lot of times to be defined either as objects of the male gaze or through their purity.” Read the article here.

Abbas After a demonstration at the Amjadiyeh Stadium in support of the Constitution and of Shapour Bakhtiar, who was appointed Prime Minister by the Shah before the left the country, a woman, believed to (...)

Abbas on BBC Culture

In the latest instalment of its exploration of seminal Magnum stories, BBC Culture looks at Abbas’s work documenting the Iranian revolution. Watch the video here.

Constantine Manos Miami Beach, Florida. U.S.A. 2003. "This picture was made in an ice cream parlor in Miami Beach in 2003. I went in to buy an ice cream cone and found this man taking a nap in a quiet corner of the (...)

American Color

Constantine Manos’ sun-soaked, evocative, images of a bright and colorful Florida go on display at HistoryMiami Museum. “I was challenged with the possibility of creating new colour images out of things that had no historical value,” the photographer recalls.

Read a review of the work on Huck Magazine, here.

Rare, signed copies of the first edition of the book are available on the Magnum Shop, here.


Enri Canaj Mother and son spend their afternoon in the valley. Kukes, Albania. August 2014. © Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos

Enri Canaj’s Return to Albania

The Magnum nominee explores his roots. A refugee, he then returned to Albania over a decade after leaving Tirana. He remembers, “I couldn’t recognize my city, or even my neighborhood, I just knew what I had lived there. This made me look for images that I had somehow in my memory from my Albania. I found them mostly in the people who had moved from small villages to the big city. I saw in them a part of my own story, but also in the innocence and the sensitivity I had left behind, 19 years earlier.” A portfolio of the work was published in Le Monde, here.

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