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The Magnum Digest: July 27, 2018

Lorenzo Meloni on the war against ISIS, Sohrab Hura on his new book, Raymond Depardon on Nixon and more from Magnum photographers this week

Lorenzo Meloni A woman carrying away her children from the food distribution during a sand storm. Deir ez-Zor outskirts, Syria. October 2017. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

The War on ISIS

Lorenzo Meloni’s documentation of the war on ISIS, and its impact on the civilians living in Syria and Iraq, has been published by TIME Magazine. See the images and read Alia Malek’s text here. See more from Magnum photographers documenting the war in Iraq here.

Lorenzo Meloni Children playing around in the rubble at an IDP camp. Hamam al-Alil, Iraq. March 2017. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

Look it’s Getting Sunny Outside!!!

Sohrab Hura has spoken to The Hindu newspaper about his latest book Look it’s Getting Sunny Outside!!!, which documents home life with his schizophrenic mother and her relationship with their family dog in a series of intimate photographs. “…it didn’t [make] sense to be photographing other people’s lives if I had not photographed my own. I needed to also put at stake my own vulnerabilities before I could take responsibility for someone else’s,” Hura told the publication. Read the feature here.

Sohrab Hura Ma and Elsa fighting over something. India. 2009. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Richard Nixon by Raymond Depardon

As Raymond Depardon’s work made in America during the 1960s continues to show at Arles, French publication Le Point spoke to the photographer about his iconic picture of Richard Nixon stepping off the plane in Sioux City, Iowa, his hands aloft making ‘V for victory’ gestures, an American flag waving in the foreground. “It perfectly symbolizes the America of that time. The political debate was feeding on the Vietnam War, which Nixon promised to end. This V for victory is emblematic of his campaign to succeed President Lyndon B. Johnson,” Depardon said. Read the article hereLearn more about the Magnum photographers’ work you can see at Arles here.

Raymond Depardon Republican candidate Richard Nixon campaigning for Presidency. Iowa state, Sioux City, USA. October 1968. © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos

Susan Meiselas on Nicaragua

Susan Meiselas has spoken in depth to The New York Times about her recent return to Nicaragua and her practice. Read the feature here. The career-spanning feature also explores the back catalogue of the prolific photographer, much of which is currently on display in her retrospective at SFMoMA. “It’s astonishing how rich a narrative Susan knits around her work,” Corey Keller, the museum’s curator of photography, told the publication. “She facilitates the voices of people who might not otherwise have their stories told.”

Susan Meiselas Sandinistas at the walls of the Esteli National Guard headquarters. Esteli, Nicaragua. 1979. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

Gregory Halpern’s Confederate Moons

New Magnum nominee Gregory Halpern’s book Confederate Moons has been featured in Huck magazine’s article about the TWB annual book series, which includes the publication.  “I was fascinated by the idea that the entire nation was staring at the sun, revelling in the apocalyptic thrill of watching the moon temporarily extinguish our life-source, all together,” Halpern is quoted as saying. Read the feature here.

Gregory Halpern USA. North and South Carolina. August, 2017.

From the project "Confederate Moons". © Gregory Halpern | Magnum Photos
Gregory Halpern USA. North and South Carolina. August, 2017.

From the project "Confederate Moons". © Gregory Halpern | Magnum Photos

Listen to Bruce Gilden

Magnum’s Bruce Gilden has appeared on popular photography podcast A Small Voice to discuss his difficult past, advice on how to be yourself, and the stories behind some of his photos, such as the work documenting children in rural American communities, pictured below. Listen to the podcast here. Read more about Bruce Gilden’s Farm Girls and Farm Boys on Magnum here.

Bruce Gilden Nathen, a farm boy. Iowa, USA. 2017. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos


Magnum photographers have shaped the way we view cities, claims an article for Afar. Exploring how cities have been portrayed in the work of Martin Parr, Harry Gruyaert, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and more, the article takes a look at the urban centre. Read the story here.

Gueorgui Pinkhassov Peking, China. 1993. © Gueorgui Pinkhassov | Magnum Photos

Diana Markosian in Armenian Weekly

Magnum nominee Diana Markosian has been interviewed by Armenian Weekly about her career and her most recent projects. On the photographer’s series on swimming lessons for refugee children, the author writes, “Markosian documents the faces, bodies, the narratives, and the lives of refugee children who survived the harrowing journeys with great sensitivity.” Read the feature here.

Diana Markosian Hanan Abdo Elias, 15, came to Germany from Iraq in 2015. When asked to describe her journey, she closed her eyes, and spoke softly through tears. "I don't know why this happened to us," she said. " (...)

Holiday Snaps

As the hot summer rolls on, W magazine took a look at the reality of life at the beach. The article, which includes archival and contemporary work from different photographers, features several of Martin Parr’s photos from Kilkee in Ireland, Margate and Weymouth in England, and Benidorm in Spain. See the article here. Read Magnum’s interview with Martin Parr and David Hurn about why the seaside provides such inspiration here.

Martin Parr Kilkee, Ireland. 2003. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Dive In

Another hot-weather refresher comes by way of Germany’s Zeit, which has published a gallery of some enticing images of water by Magnum photographers. See the feature here.

David Hurn Arizona, USA. 1980. "'Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.' Friedrich Schiller I have spent many enjoyable days, months in Arizona: a place totally opposite in politics and (...)

The Beats in San Francisco

As Burt Glinn’s new book of previously unseen pictures of the Beat Scene is published, the Beat Museum in San Francisco presents a curation of the images for exhibition, showing from July 19 to November 19, 2918. More information here. See more photos and Magnum’s feature on this body of work here.

Buy the book,  as well as posters and fine prints from this and other bodies of work by Burt Glinn, on the Magnum Shop here.

Burt Glinn David Stone Martin Party. San Francisco. USA. 1960. © Burt Glinn | Magnum Photos
Burt Glinn Ted Joans reads his poetry at the Bizarre coffee shop. New York City. USA. 1959. © Burt Glinn | Magnum Photos

Illuminating the Everyday

Harry Gruyaert’s current retrospective in Antwerp has been reviewed by Aesthetica. The exhibition “offers a striking synthesis of color, form and light, bringing together fragments of the everyday through a unique, painterly approach to photography,” states the article. Read the feature here.

Harry Gruyaert Ice cream parlour, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 1982. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos

Last Chance: Home in Tokyo

This weekend is your last opportunity to see the Magnum and FUJIFILM Home exhibition in Tokyo. See how Magnum photographers have portrayed their private worlds as they explore what the concept of ‘home’ means to them. More details here.

Thomas Dworzak My father walks the fields above the village where his family had a farm until 1946. Moravia. Šumperk / Mährisch Schönberg. Village Hrabišin - Rabersdorf. Czech Republic, 2017/09. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos

First Look: Fondation HCB’s New Home

Fondation Henri Carter-Bresson is moving to a new home in Le Marais, Paris on November 6, 2018. The new space will provide double the exhibition room, a bigger research area, street-level access, and close proximity to nearby institutions the Maison Européenne de la photographie, The Pompidou Centre, the Museum Picasso, the Museum Carnavalet, and the forthcoming Pinault Foundation. The British Journal of Photography has all the details here.

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