Magnum Digest

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 GB. England. London. River Thames. 2019. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

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. 

Martin Parr GB. England. London. River Thames. 2019. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

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. 

Nanna Heitmann Special Operations Forces at an abandoned army base. The "terrorists" got arrested in their laboratory by Hungarian Special Forces. Exercise Black Swan. Hungary. 2019 © Nanna Heitmann | Magnum Photos

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.

Lindokuhle Sobekwa © Lindokuhle Sobekwa | Magnum Photos

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.

Christopher Anderson Police in front of Trump Tower. NYC. USA. 2017. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos

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.

Patrick Zachmann A rope access technician in the site where the Arrow was standing. Notre Dame, Paris. France. 25 June 2019. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

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.

Gueorgui Pinkhassov Paris. France. 1997. © Gueorgui Pinkhassov | Magnum Photos

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.


Susan Meiselas Tijuana. Mexico. December 01, 2018. The wall dividing the US and Mexico at Friendship Park, Tijuana beach. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

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.  

Ben Gibson, © HST Global Limited, courtesy of Rocket Entertainment
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