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The Magnum Digest: June 29, 2018

Get the news from this year’s annual agency meeting, see the Beats as you’ve never seen them before, Martin Parr’s early black & white work in the town where it was made, and more in the weekly update from Magnum Photos

Sohrab Hura Umrao’s brother with his daughter. Barwani, India. 2014. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

AGM Announcements

This week, new nominees and photographer statuses were announced, following the Magnum Annual General Meeting.  Sohrab Hura and  Lorenzo Meloni became associates, and five new nominees were announced: Sim Chi Yin (Singapore), Gregory Halpern (USA), Rafal Milach (Poland), Lua Ribeira (Spain), Lindokuhle Sobekwa (South Africa). Read the full announcement here.

The news was also announced by The British Journal of Photography here and PDN here.

The British Journal of Photography have published a feature on Sim Chi Yin, on her work investigating a hidden chapter of the Cold War in Southeast Asia. Read the story here.

Sim Chi Yin A family takes a walk and goes fishing in an area in southern Malaysia now covered with giant sand dunes. The Danga Bay area is earmarked for a massive residency and commercial development, with mu (...)

Magnum Chronicles in Vice

Vice Magazine in France has published an interview with Peter van Agtmael about Magnum Chronicles: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS. Agtmael, who curated the project, tells Vice: “During the attacks of November 13, I was at a restaurant in Paris, not far from the Bataclan. This is where I told myself that we had to propose a new reading of the events.”

Read the story here.

Alex Majoli People burning and throwing stones at a poster of Saddam Hussein. Baghdad. Iraq. April 10 2003. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

The Beat Generation in its Natural Habitat

A new book featuring Burt Glinn’s work on the Beat scene in New York has been previewed by The New York Times. The book, which features an essay by Jack Kerouac, details jazz clubs, coffee shops and bars that were central to the movement’s social scene. Read the feature here. The Beat Scene is published by Reel Art Press.

Burt Glinn Party for artist Maurice Bugeaud, who is celebrating the winning of a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Europe by hosting a Rent a Beatnik party at an artist's loft on Christie and Division street (...)

David Hurn’s ‘Swaps’ at the Martin Parr Foundation

The exhibition of David Hurn’s personal collection of photographs, built by swapping his own work with that of other photographers, has gone on show at Martin Parr’s Foundation in Bristol. It will be there until September 15. More exhibition details here.

Read about how to build an art collection through swaps in this interview with David Hurn and Martin Parr.

David Hurn The promenade at the elegant seaside town of Tenby, South Wales, Great Britain. 1974 © David Hurn | Magnum Photos

Martin Parr at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

This weekend is the last opportunity to see some of Martin Parr’s early black & white work The Non-Conformists, displayed in the town in which it was created in the mid-Seventies–Hebden Bridge in the Pennines. More information about the exhibition, and about Hebden Bridge Arts Festival here.

Martin Parr Crimsworth Dean Methodist Chapel. England. 1977. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Sohrab Hura’s Videos Reviewed

Video work, created by Sohrab Hura, using his photographs, has shown at several festivals over the past few months and has received positive reviews in the arts and cinema press. In a write-up of the 64th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Sense of Cinema said, “Matched with a high pitch score, Hura’s film is an anxiety-inducing insta-mare,” of the work The Lost Head & The Bird, which won the photographer a cash prize. See the full write-up here.

Further reviews of previous work shown at Singapore’s Forest Experimenta #1, appeared on SINdie and Asian Film Archive.

Sohrab Hura Video still from 'THE LOST HEAD & THE BIRD': Single Channel Video, 10 minutes. India. 2017. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

David Goldblatt: 1930 – 2018

On Monday June 25, 2018, the acclaimed South African photographer David Goldblatt died at his home in Johanesburg. He was 87 years old. The photographer documented the oppressive racial dynamics of his native South Africa during apartheid and after.

Paying his respects, Magnum photographer Mikhael Subotzky said, “David is the lodestar of South African photography, but also a towering moral and intellectual guide in person. It is hard to imagine that he is no longer with us. He was endlessly generous with his help and guidance, and his brutal honesty was a gift to all of us.”

Read the New York Times obituary here.

Mikhael Subotzky Portrait of photographer David Goldblatt in his Johannesburg home. Johannesburg. South Africa. 2018. © Mikhael Subotzky | Magnum Photos