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The Magnum Digest: May 11, 2018

Matt Black and Sohrab Hura win awards, Alec Soth shoots the opioid crisis, and the latest from Magnum photographers

Sohrab Hura Video still from 'The Lost Head & The Bird': Single Channel Video, 10 minutes. India. 2017. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Film Success for Sohrab Hura

Sohrab Hura’s short film The Lost Head & The Bird (2018) received a special mention at the 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. The prestigious festival, judged by an international jury of Katie Davies, Kristy Matheson, Peter Milat, Timo Soppela, Daniel Queiroz, described Sohrab’s film as, “A searing comment on contemporary society and gender politics,” adding, “this astoundingly creative film marks the arrival of an exciting new filmmaking talent.”

The Magnum nominee also scooped the best contribution entry at the NRW competition, which showcases short film production in North Rhine-Westphalia. The judging panel had this to say: “Our winner film uses the narrative of an obscure fairytale to generate a maelstrom of images. Depicting tradition and trash, beauty and decay at the same time, the director Sohrab Hura achieves a fascinatingly condensed description of the state of India today.”

Sohrab Hura Video still from 'The Lost Head & The Bird': Single Channel Video, 10 minutes. India. 2017. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Alec Soth in The New York Times Magazine

The New York Times Magazine published a piece about the children affected by the opioid epidemic as its cover story last week. Magnum photographer Alec Soth was commissioned to photograph the fight of mothers struggling to beat their opioid addictions and their young children. Read the story here.

To hear why Soth was especially commissioned, and to learn more about editorial decisions surrounding the imagery, listen to editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein and Gail Bichler discuss the process for creating the cover. Watch the short video here.

Alec Soth Elizabeth and her baby at home. Rhode Island, USA. 2018. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

Matt Black Wins RFK Award

Matt Black has been awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, a prize that supports outstanding reportage, for his photo essay Maria’s Bodies, published by New York Magazine. Read the original piece here.

The photographer was previously awarded the prize in 2016, for his series Geography of Poverty. You can read Magnum’s latest on his ongoing project, here and here.

See more about Robert F. Kennedy here.

Matt Black Damaged home after Hurricane Maria. Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. 2017. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Carolyn Drake in WSJ Magazine

Carolyn Drake visited Los Angeles-based artist Mary Corse at her remote hilltop Topanga Canyon studio, for WSJ Magazine. A member of the Light and Space art movement of the 1960s, Corse is being celebrated with three major exhibitions. Read the feature here.

Carolyn Drake Artist Mary Corse, a member of the male-dominated Light and Space art movement, shot in her home/studio. Los Angeles, CA. USA. 2018. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos

Bieke Depoorter at Cortona On The Move

Bieke Depoorter has been selected by Cortona On The Move, as the recipient of the award within the PHM 2018 Grant. As part of the award, Depoorter’s series As it may be will be realized as a solo exhibition at the international photography festival in Spain, this July. More information here.

Bieke Depoorter | As It May Be The handwritten notes translate as below: - You can stay with me no problem, a day, a week, a month. But taking pictures: no. - Sometimes all the borders · customs, traditions, doctrines - can m (...)

Players in El Pais

El Pais has published a feature on Players, an exhibition co-curated by Cristina de Middel and Martin Parr. The group show, which features the work of Magnum photographers and explores the myriad connotations of the word ‘play,’ launched as part of PhotoEspana. Read the feature here.

Richard Kalvar Woman looking at herself in a store window. New York City, USA. 1969. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos

David Alan Harvey at Home

Huck spoke to David Alan Harvey about a lifetime spent in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he currently resides with his family. The photographer was exploring the concept of home, as part of a collaboration between Fujifilm and Magnum Photos. See the article here. Get more information on the upcoming Magnum Photos Home Exhibition in London here.

David Alan Harvey Early Gray the cat perched atop an old pickup truck surveying the scene. Outer Banks, North Carolina. USA. 2017. © David Alan Harvey | Magnum Photos
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