Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: October 5, 2018

Matt Black photographs migrant farmers and their families for California Sunday, The Financial Times delves into the new book Magnum China, and more from the agency this week

Matt Black Orange harvest. Terra Bella, California, USA. 2018. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Matt Black in California

California Sunday Magazine has published a feature on the lives of migrant farmers and their families in California with photographs by Matt Black. See the feature here.

Explore Matt Black’s ongoing project, The Geography of Poverty, which explores poverty and the marginalised in America on Magnum here. Read more about the migrant crisis through the perspective of Magnum photographers here.

Matt Black Father and son. Mendota, California, USA. 2018. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Magnum China

The Financial Times feature on the new book Magnum China explores the changes in the political and societal landscapes of China through both early and recent works of Magnum photographers, including Robert Capa’s coverage of the Sino-Japanese war in 1938; Henri Cartier-Bresson’s images of the Civil War in 1948; rallies during the cultural revolution captured by Bruno Barbey; Stuart Franklin’s record of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre; Martin Parr’s photos of China during its shift toward consumerism, and Jim Goldberg’s candid shots in Beijing made last year. Subscribers can read the feature here.

Explore an ever-changing China in Patrick Zachmann’s award-winning, 30-year-long project on Magnum here. Take a look through Ian Berry’s 1998 photographs of China’s Silk Road – the ancient network of trade routes linking China to the West – here.

Bruno Barbey A billboard advertising Japanese cars. Shanghai, China. 1980. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos

Behind the Scenes of The Bureau

Magnum photographers Jérôme Sessini, Patrick ZachmannGueorgui Pinkhassov and Emin Özmen were asked to shoot behind-the-scenes of Season 4 of the critically acclaimed French political TV series Le Bureau des Légendes (The Bureau). Read an interview with the show’s creator, Eric Rochant, and take a look through the images in L’OBS here.

Patrick Zachmann Shooting of the french TV series"Le bureau des légendes", 4th season. Réalisatrices: Laïla Marrakchi et Pascale Ferran. St Denis, France. 11 April 2018. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

Wild, Wild West

Between 1979 and 2011, David Hurn spent time in America, where he explored the cactus-lined southwestern state of Arizona and recorded the daily lives of its inhabitants. Read Swiss-German newspaper Tages-Anzeiger’s feature on David Hurn’s Arizona here.

Take a look at Arizona through the eyes of David Hurn on Magnum  here, where he explains the allure of the state: “[Arizona was] the exact opposite of my home country Wales. The contrasts appealed to me.”

David Hurn Paper cups to protect against night frosts. 1992. Winter cactus garden. Arizona, USA. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos

Nigerian Independence

To mark Nigeria celebrating 58 years of independence from colonialism on October 1st, Zeit Magazine published a photo story featuring the images of Magnum photographers. Take a look through photographs here.

Revisit Bruno Barbey and Abbas’ documentation of the Biafran War in Nigeria on Magnum here. Take a look through Barbey’s images of Nigerian life during the 1970s oil boom here.

George Rodger The Mosque of Kano, built of white stone and topped by a green tiled dome and twin minarets 97 feet high. Kano Market, Nigeria, Kano. 1951. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos

Sim Chi Yin in the Press

New Magnum nominee Sim Chi Yin has given interviews about her practice, available to read online. Art Radar‘s article focuses on the photographer’s project exploring nuclear sites, currently on show at ICA Singapore, which closes on October 10. Read the feature here. For Object Lessons Space, Sim gave an in-depth interview about the cultural reference points that inform her photographic practice. Read the article here.

Read Magnum’s profile of the photographer here.

Sim Chi Yin Zhang Yuzhu (b. 1931, Thailand) joined the Malayan Communist guerilla army in 1967 in southern Thailand. In the 1970s (she does not remember the exact year), she was on patrol duty when she came un (...)

Magnum Photos x Create Jobs

In partnership with Create Jobs, Magnum Photos is offering a free 5-week photography course to unemployed Londoners aged 18 to 24 years. Magnum nominee, Lua Ribera, will mentor students to create images that respond to a brief developed with It’s Nice That, one of London’s top creative agencies and publishers. The works will then be exhibited at Protein Studios on November 22.

This workshop is free of charge and travel and lunch expenses will be covered. The deadline for applications is October 8. Click here to apply.

Lúa Ribeira Allison and daughter at home. Birmingham. England. GB. 2015. © Lúa Ribeira | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos Submissions 2019

Since its founding in 1947, Magnum Photos remains to be a co-operative owned agency, run and administered by its pioneering member photographers who are at the forefront of photojournalism. The public is invited to submit photographic works to be considered in order to become a “Nominee Member” of Magnum Photos. The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT January 31st 2019. Find out more and submit applications here.

Read more about the Magnum Photos process in this 30 year old letter to photographers here.

Werner Bischof International Press photographers covering the Korean War. Kaesong, South Korea. 1952. © Werner Bischof | Magnum Photos
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