Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: January 1, 2021

Magnum photographers in TIME and Libération's round ups of 2020, Sabiha Cimen shoots for the New York Times, Raymond Depardon curates images for L’Obs, and more

Newsha Tavakolian Iranian women gathering on a staircase, mourning the death of Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani during a ceremony in Tehran's Grand Mosalla Mosque on Sunday evening. Tehran. Iran. January 6, 2020. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos

Magnum photographers in TIME‘s ‘Best Photojournalism of 2020’ list

Newsha Tavakolian, Peter van Agtmael, Emin Özmen, Lorenzo Meloni, and Matt Black all featured in TIME‘s run down of 2020’s best reportage images. Tavakolian’s coverage of the mourning of Qasem Soleimani, van Agtmael’s work on the US 2020 election, Özmen’s photographs of stranded migrants in Turkey, Meloni’s documenting of Italy’s battle with Covid-19, and Matt Black’s long-term work on poverty in the United States can all be seen in the full list, here.

Tavakolian and van Agtmael’s images were also included in TIME’s top ten photos of the year. You can see that list here.

Peter van Agtmael | MG132502 President Trump gives a speech in the East Room on election night on the still undecided results of the 2020 election. Washington D.C. USA. 2020. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Emin Özmen A man is desperately trying to protect himself from tear gas. Greek police fired it to repel hundreds of migrants who sought to force their way across the border from Turkey. Turkey, Edirne. 2020. © Emin Özmen | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni A rescuer from the ANPAS of Almenno di San Salvatore check an elderly lady's oxygen level after receiving a call for a suspected covid-19 case. Province of Bergamo. Italy. April 4, 2020. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

Magnum photographers’ work in Libération‘s year in review

Peter van Agtmael, Alex Majoli, and Emin Özmen were included in the French daily’s curation of powerful images from 2020 – which the publication described as “L’anne furieuse”. Özmen’s coverage of migrants in Turkey was again cited, while Majoli’s black and white work on Sicaly’s efforts to control Covid-19, and Peter van Agtmael’s pictures of the Trump campaign trail were also included. You can see the whole feature, in French, here

Alex Majoli At the cemetery. All funerals have been suspended. At least 58,773 people across the world have now died as a result of the pandemic, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The numbe (...)

Sabiha Çimen shoots for The New York Times and reflects on 2020

The 2020 Magnum nominee Sabiha Çimen photographed the family of Bie Lun Leung for the NYT feature: A Holiday Haunted by Loss. The article profiled a number of familes who have lost loved ones to Covid-19 as they experienced their  respective holidays. You can see the feature here.

Çimen also recently spoke with 1854 Media about the last year and the music, books, films, and ways of relaxing that got her through it – from Maria Callas to Stanley Kubrik to vacuuming. You can read the interview here. Learn more about Çimen’s work here, on Magnum.

Sabiha Çimen © Sabiha Çimen | Magnum Photos

Capturing the Holidays via Zoom

Thomas Dworzak‘s ongoing project capturing scenes of digital socializing in the face of global Covid-19 restrictions was covered in Vogue, where a selection of his images – grabbed from various Zoom calls – depicted end of year holidays around the world. You can read the feature and see Dworzak’s images here.


Thomas Dworzak Christmas reception at the Russian Foreign Ministry, Moscow. Russia. 2020 © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos

Guille and Belinda featured on Refinery 29

Alessandra Sanguinetti’s decades-long project on the lives of her two muses, Guille and Belinda, has been written up on Refinery 29. The “richly lit and dreamlike” images span the lives of the two cousins, from childhood to motherhood. You can read the feature: From First Loves To First Babies: A Photo Story Of Two Girls Growing Up Together, here, and learn more about Sanguinetti’s new book on the project here, on Magnum.

Alessandra Sanguinetti Sixteenth Birthday. Buenos Aires. Argentina. 2005. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos

Raymond Depardon’s image curation for L’Obs

A feature in French weekly news magazine L’Obs sees Raymond Depardon curating a selection of images which, to his eye, capture the key events of 2020. His list includes works by Antoine d’Agata, Peter van Agtmael, Enri Canaj, and Lorenzo Meloni. You can see the full selection in this week’s print edition.

Lorenzo Meloni South-eastern frontline. Soldiers spend most of their time underground or hiding along the trenches that they built alone the line of contact. Nagorno-Karabakh. (Artsakh). © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

Knit Club in The Guardian

The Guardian’s regular ‘big picture’ feature recently focused on Carolyn Drake’s newly released book, Knit Club. The book, ‘a foreboding meditation in the vein of Southern Gothic literature’ is the result of Drake’s collaboration with an enigmatic group of women known as the Knit Club. You can see The Guardian feature here.


Carolyn Drake These images were made in conjunction with women who are part of a Knit Club in the small town of Water Valley. From the project, "Knit Club". Water Valley, Mississippi. USA. 2018. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos

Guy Le Querrec in Le Monde

The front page of the December 30 edition of French daily Le Monde featured Guy Le Querrec‘s portrait of renowned French-Italian fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who died on December 29 at 98 years old. Read the accompanying feature on the designer in the paper’s print edition.

Guy Le Querrec Pierre Cardin, fashion designer, at his office. Paris. 8th arrondissement, Théâtre des Ambassadeurs (1th Avenue Gabriel). France. © Guy Le Querrec | Magnum Photos

Patrick Zachmann’s long term work on Notre Dame de Paris

French Magazine Point de Vue ran a selection of images from Patrick Zachmann‘s ongoing documenting of efforts to refurbish Notre Dame de Paris following the catastrophic fire that broke out on the evening of April 15, 2019. The story focuses in particular on the restoration of the catherdral’s gargantuan organ.

Learn more about Zachmann’s work on Notre Dame here, on Magnum. You can see his work on the organ in the latest print edition of Point de Vue.

Patrick Zachmann Technicians and organ builders are removing the horizontal tubes (les chamades). The organ is composed of 8000 tubes. FRANCE. Paris, the 08th September 2020. Beginning of the disassembly of the org (...)

Brooklyn: The City Within recommended on Luxury London

A feature on the website Luxury London about the enduring alure of photographs in printed form, as compared to the digital renderings on platforms like Instagram, suggests Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s book, Brooklyn: The City Within, as a perfect starting place for those wanting to start collecting photography in print. Read the feature here, and read more about the book here, on Magnum.

Alex Webb Williamsburg. Brooklyn, NY. USA. 2016. © Alex Webb | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr’s vision of Ireland

Lampoon Magazine fatured Martin Parr’s new book From the Pope to a Flat White: Ireland 1979 – 2019. The article shares a selection of images from the monograph, which spans 40 years of Parr’s work in the nation, capturing rapid change alongside adherence to tradition. You can read the piece here, and find out more about the book here, on Magnum.

Martin Parr Nutgrove shopping centre. A drive through McDonalds. Dublin. Ireland. 1986. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Antoine d’Agata’s book recommended by Another Magazine

Antoine D’Agata’s recent book, which brings together 27 of his photographs and 25 graphic works by the figurative painter Francis Bacon has been included in Another’s list of the best books of 2020. You can see the full list here.

Antoine d’Agata © Antoine d’Agata | Magnum Photos
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