Magnum Digest

The Magnum Digest: September 27, 2019

Paolo Pellegrin shoots for The New York Times Magazine, Sohrab Hura nominated for Photobook of the Year award, Gregory Halpern's new book reviewed, and more from Magnum photographers this week

Paolo Pellegrin View of the Lauvsnes bay as seen for the window of a local guest house. Lauvsnes, Norway, 2019. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos

Paolo Pellegrin for The New York Times Magazine

As part of The New York Times Magazine’s Voyages Issue – which presents ‘photographic dispatches from the extremities of the earth’ – Paolo Pellegrin travelled to the shallow waters off the Norwegian coast to photograph sea eagles. The birds, with wingspans that can reach up to eight feet, offer ‘a perfect opportunity for the photographer’, while on the hunt.

You can read the feature and see Pellegrin’s photographs, here.

Paolo Pellegrin Sea eagles in the fjords of the Flatanger archipelago. Lauvsnes, Norway, 2019. The white-tailed eagle (Haliaee¨tus albicilla), also known as the sea eagle, is the largest bird of prey in Norway. I (...)
Paolo Pellegrin A sea eagle in the fjords of the Flatanger archipelago. Lauvsnes, Norway, 2019. The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeëtus albicilla), also known as the sea eagle, is the largest bird of prey in Norway. I (...)

The Coast Shortlisted for Aperture Photobook Of The Year

Sohrab Hura’s latest book, The Coast, has been shortlisted for Aperture’s Photobook of the Year. The award – run in conjunction with Paris Photo – celebrates, “the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.” Find out about the award, and the numerous works nominated, here.

You can learn more about Hura’s book, which explores the growing mood of social and political violence in India, on the Magnum site, here. The photographer also made a film related to the work, the trailer for which you can see here.

Sohrab Hura Diptych of images from The Coast © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Omaha Sketchbook reviewed

Gregory Halpern’s new monograph, Omaha Sketchbook – a facsimile of the original notebook he made during working visits to Omaha, Nebraska – has been covered by i-D and Huck magazines this week. You can read the i-D interview with Halpern on the work here, and Huck’s review here.

Halpern spoke at length about the newly released body of work for a feature on Magnum, which you can see here.

You can purchase a limited number of signed copies of Omaha Sketchbookpublished by MACK Books, on the Magnum Shop now.

Gregory Halpern Image from Omaha Sketcbook © Gregory Halpern | Magnum Photos

Elephant on Mark Power’s vision of myth and reality in America

Mark Power’s latest book, the second instalment in his five-book project – Good Morning America – showcases the photographer’s ongoing exploration of the contemporary American landscape, and its society.

You can see Elephant’s review of Good Morning America (Volume 2) here. Gregory Harris – photography curator of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art – wrote about Power’s vision of contemporary America on Magnum, here.

Mark Power © Mark Power | Magnum Photos

Magnum Streetwise reviewed

Magnum Streetwise, published by Thames & Hudson, explores the history of Magnum photographers’ involvement in and influence on the street photography genre. You can read a review of the new book, which features the work of more than 60 Magnum photographers, on the British Journal of Photography here.

Bruce Gilden New York City. USA. 1984. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos

Nanna Heitmann wins Ian Parry Scholarship

Magnum Nominee Nanna Heitmann has received the 2019 Ian Parry Scholarship. Dedicated to Parry, a photojournalist who died at 24 covering the Romanian revolution in 1989, the scholarship is offered to photographers under 24 years old, or who are in full-time photographic education. More information on the scholarship, and the 2019 recipients can be found here, on The Eye of Photography site.

To find out more about Heitmann’s practice, you can read an interview with her on Magnum, here.

Nanna Heitmann It's summer holidays. Valentin injured his head when he made a dive while bathing. In summer brakes are a nuisance, they are everywhere. Minussinsk. Yenisei River. Russia. 2018. © Nanna Heitmann | Magnum Photos

Christopher Anderson’s book, COP, on Polka

Anderson‘s latest book, COP, published by Stanley/Barker has been reviewed in French in photography magazine Polka. The work, which Anderson spoke about on Magnum, explores the photographers’ feelings around the growning presence of law enforcement in New York City following 9-11. You can read the review in French, here.

Christopher Anderson Police in front of Trump Tower. NYC. USA. 2017. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos

Patrick Zachmann in the Finanacial Times

French photographer Patrick Zachmann’s onging coverage of the efforts to save, and ultimately restore Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral – following the disaterous fire of April, 2019 – has been featured in an article on the Financial Times which subscribers can read here.

Patrick Zachmann A rope access technician in the site where the Arrow was standing. Notre Dame, Paris. France. 25 June 2019. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

California Trip on The Guardian

Dennis Stock‘s seminal 1970 photobook, California Trip, has been reissued by Anthology Editions. The Guardian‘s Sean O’Hagan has reviewed the work, noting that Stock’s travels through the state captured the darker side of the feted countercultural revolution of the laste 1960s.

You can read the review here, and read Stock’s own words on the work here, on Magnum.


Dennis Stock A parade in Watts. Los Angeles, California. USA. 1968. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos

Jacques Chirac: 29 November, 1932 – September 26, 2019

On Thursday, September 26th, 2019, French politician Jacques Chirac passed away, aged 86. As the fifth President of the French Republic (1995-2007), he will be remembered as an outspoken propeller for intercultural dialogue, leaving the Musée du Quai Branly as a legacy. In 2002, Jacques Chirac defeated far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the second round of the presidential elections. During his last presidential term, he repeatedly refused involvement in the 2003 American-led Iraq intervention.

Magnum photographers have, over the years, photographed Chirac many times. You can see a selection of this work on the Magnum archive, here.

Raymond Depardon Jacques Chirac. Lille. France. 1967. © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos
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