Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: May 18, 2018

Magnum photographers share what 'home' means to them, Susan Meiselas’s Paris retrospective comes to a close, and more from the global collective this week

Alex Majoli Maria reading. Scicli, Italy. 2017. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

‘Home’ opens in London

An exhibition that invites Magnum photographers to share what the concept of ‘home’ means to them opened this week in London. Taking place at the Vinyl Factory, FUJIFILM Home features the work of 16 Magnum photographers, demonstrating the breadth of style and approach that is typical of the collective. The British Journal of Photography spoke to the project’s curator Pauline Vermare, who said: “It was an invitation to look inward and outward. Home – an inherently intimate and introspective subject matter – was also a formidable challenge to take on; for the past seventy years, Magnum photographers have predominantly been looking into the lives of others – and seldom looking into their own.” Read the feature here. The Guardian have also published a gallery of the work, which you can see here.

Chien-Chi Chang Ms. Zhu, center, who arrived in New York from Fuzhou with her family in 2008 got married three years later visited her grandmother with her two children on a weekend. New York City, USA. 2017. © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos

A Visual History of ISIS

The new free publication curated by Magnum’s Peter van Agtmael, Magnum Chronicles: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS, has been reviewed on TIME by Fred Ritchin, renowned photography writer and dean of the School at ICP. “It is a helpful slowing down from the 24/7 swirl of information, via a medium that is itself invested in fractional seconds, coupled here with the old-fashioned staying power of newsprint,” he writes.

Find out more about the story behind the making of this first edition of Magnum Chronicles on the Stack Magazines podcast, as Magnum’s Director of Special Projects Francesca Sears joins the show to discuss how the ambitious undertaking came together.

Moises Saman Along the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay Province. Under the cover of night a network of Syrian smugglers transport a family fleeing the violence inside Syria on a rowboat across the Orentes River, (...)

Ending Soon: Susan Meiselas in Paris

Susan Meiselas’s epic retrospective show at the Jeu de Paume in Pairs closes on May 21. The exhibition showcases some of the most important works from the photographer’s career, including Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua, Prince Street Girls, and Pandora’s Box. As the exhibition draws to a close, and before it heads to SFMOMA, Susan Meiselas spoke to The Art Newspaper about her practice.  “I am directed by where I want to go, where I want to stay, where I want to go back to,” she tells the publication. Read the interview here.

Susan Meiselas Mistress Rose eavesdropping, Pandora's Box. New York City, USA. New York City. 1995. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

How I Got Here: Jonas Bendiksen

Speaking to industry magazine Creative Review, Jonas Bendiksen charts his Magnum career from intern to member of the agency through his key works and achievements. Subscribers can see the full feature here.

Jonas Bendiksen The first Jewish homeland of modern time, created 20 years before Israel. People waiting for the morning bus in the freezing winter, which often reaches -40 Celsius. Birobidzhan, The Jewish Autonom (...)

One to Watch at Photo London

Bike Depoorter’s portrait of Agata, created during the Magnum Paris Live Lab, has been referenced by Artnet in its round-up of 7 Young Artists making a big impression at Photo London. Read the article here.

Bieke Depoorter Agata, Paris, France. 2017. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

Lakes on National Geographic

Newsha Tavakolian photographed the formerly popular Iranian tourist spot of Lake Urmia for National Geographic. The saltwater lake was a haven for birds and bathers but the number of visitors has fallen as the lake has shrunk by 80 per cent since the 1980s, raising fears that this will be the last generation to play in its waters. Read the article here.

This story is from a wider feature about climate change, investigating why some of the world’s largest lakes are drying up. Read this feature, which also includes work by Carolyn Drake, here.

Newsha Tavakolian Summertime bathers wade into waters colored red by salt-loving bacteria and algae. Tourists from across Iran have come here for generations, but the number of visitors has fallen as the lake has sh (...)
Carolyn Drake Floating on north shore of the great salt lake near the Spiral Jetty. Benjamin Anderson, a student. In 1959, a 30-foot stone railroad causeway replaced the battered wood trestle. As a result, lake (...)

A Very British Holiday

Recalling the heyday of British holiday park Butlins, The Guardian looked back at Martin Parr’s photograph from 1972, during Parr’s first year of work when he still worked in black and white. Read the feature here.

Martin Parr From 'Butlin's by the Sea'. England. 1972. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
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