The Magnum Digest: July 19, 2019
Martin Parr's vision of the River Thames, New York City cops by Christopher Anderson, photographic tips from Susan Meiselas, and more from Magnum photographers this week
Martin Parr creates a portrait of the River Thames
The Thames, which bisects London, employs, supports and obsesses a varied cross-section of South East England’s population. From post-industrial tracts of east London, to idyllic stretches of the Chelsea Embankment and the semi-secretive Eel Pie Island – Martin Parr recently photographed the characters who live off, on, and for the River. You can see the story from the Evening Standard Magazine, here and watch a behind the scenes video of the shoot here.
America’s shadow war with Russia in The New York Times
Newly announced Magnum nominee, Nanna Heitmann, photographed exercises in Hungary which have seen US special forces including Green Berets and Navy SEALS teaming up with local and allied operators to train for potential Russian invasions of Eastern Europe. You can see the feature here.
Lindokuhle Sobekwa photographs Johannesburg’s newest tourist destination
Magnum nominee Lindokuhle Sobekwa has photographed the Maboneng area of his native Johannesburg for a feature in French paper, Le Monde. The district, described as a ‘trendy island’ in the article, is booming in spite of being surrounded by areas troubled by poverty and crime. You can read the feature in French, here.
COP on American Suburb X
Christopher Anderson’s new book COP, published by Stanley/Barker, has been reviewed on American Suburb X. The book is the result of Anderson’s shifting feelings about police presence in his hometown of New York following 9/11. You can also read Magnum’s ‘in conversation’ piece on the book, here.
Inside the ruins of Notre Dame
French photographer Patrick Zachmann’s ongoing documentation of the efforts to secure and restore the iconic Parisian cathedral gutted by fire on April 15, 2019 has been published in part in this week in L’OBS. You can see the feature here, and you can also see his recent work on renewed excavation and restoration projects – in Pompeii – on Magnum here.
Moscow Live Lab closes
The recently completed Live Lab in Moscow saw three Magnum photographers – Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Alex Webb and Mark Power – spending two weeks in the city, creating, editing, printing and presenting new work. Following the opening of the resultant exhibition, Russia’s The Art Newspaper has interviewed Pinkhassov about the project. Russian readers can enjoy the article, here.
Five photographic lessons from Susan Meiselas
Having recently won the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, and with over 40 years of photographic experience behind her, Susan Meiselas shares five things she’s learned over her varied career. You can learn more on the Canon site, here. You can find out more about Meiselas’ work on the Magnum site, here.
Martin Parr’s photos are on tour with Elton John
A selection of Martin Parr’s photographs are being used as the on-stage backing for the song ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’, as part of Elton John’s ongoing tour.