Magnum Editions posters features contemporary works from 33 Magnum Photographers, including all five of the collective’s 2020 nominees. The works demonstrate the diverse visual language of the photographers working both in traditional photojournalism and a more art-based practice.
Available in limited editions of 100 unsigned and 50 signed, the 18×24” posters are individually numbered with a unique Magnum Editions label that is supplied separately. Printed on a luxurious 150gsm premium paper using a digital print process, these new Magnum Editions posters are minimally designed, uncluttered by branding or additional design elements, these posters feature nothing that will detract from the image. These images will never be available in this size and price again.
Alec Soth’s work is rooted in the American photographic tradition that Walker Evans famously termed “documentary Style.” Concerned with the mythologies and oddities that proliferate America’s disconnected communities, Soth has an instinct for the relationship between narrative and metaphor. His clarity of voice has drawn many comparisons to literature, but he believes photography to be more fragmented; “It’s more like poetry than writing a novel.”
In 1964, David Hurn was asked by a friend – Dick Lester – who was about to direct the first Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night, to photograph the film, not for press, but more from a sociological point of view. Over roughly seven weeks in 1964, Hurn witnessed the complete chaos that surrounded the Beatles, then at the apex of their fame.
“The Beatles couldn’t go anywhere. A couple of times they were in my car and the police would have to just wave us through a red light because they knew if the car stopped it’d be totally mobbed,” says Hurn. “The effect it has on four young guys must have been enormous, and it must raise all sorts of things that none of us know about.”
Gueorgui Pinkhassov is known for his vivid art-reportage, which elevates the everyday to the extraordinary. His richly colored images are absorbing, complex and poetic—sometimes bordering on an abstraction which embraces the visual complexity of contemporary life. Pinkhassov has documented backstage at numerous cultural events, from ballet performances to fashion shows.
Magnum photographer Nanna Heitmann’s 'Hiding from Baba Yaga' series is a poetic visual journey along the Yenisei river, which is born in Mongolia, and runs northwards through Siberia, ending its journey in the Arctic Ocean. In Heitmann's series, the Yenisei and its woods become a metaphor of a dreamscape: Loneliness, unfulfilled dreams, death, abandoned hopes shape people as much as the vast nature, which at the same time offers freedom and places of retreat.
For centuries, Poland has been a bridge between the East and West. Set in the heart of Europe, Poland is a multifaceted country and is by far the largest of the new ten European countries.
Over the past decade, Poland has developed into a modern, vibrant and progressive state, yet at the same time the remnants of communist era are still very visible. Its economy has slowly divided the country between nouveaux riches and the poor as seen through Mark Power's series of portraits.
On assignment for The New York Times Magazine, Magnum photographer Newsha Tavakolian traveled from her home in Tehran to winter resorts in the Alborz Mountains. Though monitored by a security guard while she photographed, Tavakolian noticed tremendous differences between the ski slopes today and those she remembered from her last visit, 15 years ago; loud house music playing, young boys and girls hanging out together, people wearing hip ski clothes and a general feeling of joy. Of this recent trip, she noted “It was a very relaxed atmosphere, maybe the most relaxed atmosphere I have ever experienced in Iran.”
For almost 50 years the Republic of Cuba was led by Fidel Castro, starting when he took position as the head of the revolutionary army on January 1, 1959.
Jerome Sessini's image of a car stationed on The Malecon in Havana, was taken in June 2008; four months after Raúl Castro took over from his brother Fidel. Upon taking office, Raúl said he would continue to consult his brother on pivotal state issues. During his first few months as the leader of Cuba, Raúl implemented various reforms, most notably the removal of wage restraints that had been in place in Cuba since the early 1960s. Other reforms included allowing Cubans to purchase cellular phones and personal computers, as well as to stay at hotels formerly reserved for foreigners.
Magnum photographer Yael Martínez has been documenting fractured communities in his native Mexico, focusing on the consequences of the many missing persons on their families. Across Mexico, more than 37,400 people have been categorized as ‘missing’ by official sources. The vast majority of those are believed to be dead—victims of ongoing violence that has claimed more than 250,000 lives since 2006. These disappearances are the source of lasting psychological trauma for families left behind.
In her series, called ‘The Party’, Cristina de Middel re-examines the Bible of Chinese communism, Mao Tse-Tsung’s Little Red Book, a collection of quotations from the Communist Party leader. By erasing parts of the quotations and adding photographs from her travels in China, de Middel negates the language of the book and challenges the notion of text and image.
The Black Country—an area in the West Midlands, England—gained its name in the mid nineteenth century due to the smoke and black soot from the steel, coal, brick and iron produced in its many factories, forges and foundries. The 30-foot-thick coal seam was also the reasoning behind the name.
In 2013, Bruce Gilden visited the region, where the once thriving heavy industry has now mostly disappeared, and created a series called Black Country Faces, in which he documented ‘the left behind’ and ‘invisible people’ of the area, focusing on close up street portraits of residents of West Bromwich, Dudley and Wolverhampton.
On March 24, 2005, after sporadic opposition protests and minor clashes with government supporters, demonstrators overrann riot police and stormed the Presidential Palace Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, ousting the Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev in what became known as the "Tulip Revolution".
Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak covered the events. Though he photographed the dramatic scenes of revolution, the picture that holds most resonance for him was one taken the following day. The photograph shows the smashed window of a beauty parlor in Bishkek; the bullet holes are juxtaposed with a poster underneath that shows pouting red lips. “I like the second degree a little bit,” says Dworzak. “I had the straight-news pictures of people jumping up and down on the ousted president’s chair. I’d covered the real event properly and classically. But in a way that gave me the right to play around and do something else.”
Raymond Depardon made three trips across America during 1982; the second trip was with close friend and colleague Olivier Froux, and the third, made after Froux’s death in that same year, was something of a cathartic exercise.
The sudden loss of his editor was a heartbreaking experience, which Depardon sought to escape by making his third trip to America. “I would like to be alone and think / everything happened so fast / I don’t want to look for a replacement / I know I will have to make this film one day. (…) Olivier was more than an editor!” he wrote.
"Beautiful, Still." is a series by Magnum photographer Colby Deal, that aims to provide a more practical representation of people of color in urban communities, and preserve cultural characteristics that are rapidly being erased.
Pictured here is a mother and daughter from Houston, Texas, photographed by Deal in 2017. Deal, also from Houston, says: "In the age of imagery and information leading the forefront of altering humanity, the psychological effect of perpetuating practical narratives of a culture fuels my curiosity to search for and present the most accurate one."
Carolyn Drake’s project, Two Rivers, follows the rivers from their endpoints to the source. It is a photographic record of a place where political allegiances, ethnic bonds, national borders, and physical geography are in constant flux; a vast ecosystem where nature, money, and history are intertwined.
The Qur’an has a total of 604 pages and 6,236 verses, and committing them to memory is usually achieved by repetition and recitation. In Turkey, thousands of Qur’an schools exist for this purpose and most of them are for girls. The ages range from eight to nineteen years old, and most take three or four years to complete the task that requires discipline, devotion and focus.
Magnum nominee Sabiha Çimen, who herself attended a Qur’an school with her sister, is documenting the devotion of these young students, showing not only their journey to become hafızes, but also how they retain the dreams and adventurous nature of young women their age.
Once a thriving industrial city of nearly a quarter million people, with most residents’ employment tied in some way to automobile manufacturing, Flint, Michigan’s population has dwindled to less than 100,000 in the aftermath of auto plant closures during the 1980s. The city has demolished over 5,000 abandoned houses in the last decade. Today, not one grocery store exists within the city.
In 2016, Magnum photographer Matt Black took intimate portraits at the homes of some of the residents of Flint. Black’s photo essay captures an eerily empty town with an abandoned feel. It came as no surprise when Flint native Deborah Hayman, told Black, “You know what my biggest fear is? That people are going to forget about us.”
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway acts as an insurer to other seed collections. The arrangement with depositing organizations is akin to a safety deposit scheme. The free global service allows organizations to store their seeds once they are already placed in both their own collections and another seed bank, as a final back up.
In May 2016, Magnum’s Jonas Bendiksen witnessed the deposit of more than 8,000 varieties of crops – from sheep food to chilli peppers – from Germany, Thailand, New Zealand, and the World Vegetable Center into the Seed Vault, which only opens 2-3 times a year.
While Zied Ben Romdhane started his career as a commercial photographer, the changes he witnessed in his home country of Tunisia and in the media at large during the Arab Spring saw him increase his focus on making documentary work. His slow approach to documenting both communities and individuals, creates a visual unity across his diverse work, and redresses the imbalance of media coverage in his homeland.
Christopher Anderson is known for his emotionally charged, artfully drawn images that explore themes of truth and subjectivity. He is one of today’s most influential photographers, whose origins began in war reporting and later transformed into something more intimate, blending the worlds of commercial, art and fashion work, but always with a foundation in documentary.
Here, the Eiffel Tower seen from the Pompidou Center, photographed in Anderson’s current home city of Paris. 2020.
Antoine d’Agata’s work is often viscerally corporeal, centering the nude human body and all of its imperfections. However, in some of his photographs he manages to make his subjects look almost ghostly, and at times utterly extraterrestrial.
What impact does Sydney have on a first-time visitor? For photographer Trent Parke, coming from a country town to a big city his immediate sense was one of isolation. His photographic journey during the five years of creating Dream/Life has resulted in an extraordinary street documentary of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and its inhabitants.
A fountain on a timer drops a shower of water droplets every few minutes as people in Darling Harbour pass by. Sydney. Australia. From Dream/Life series. 2002.
Turkish Magnum photographer Emin Özmen travelled through South East Anatolia, glimpsing the remains of villages submerged by the region's monumental GAP dam programme, and visiting those next on the list for eviction for the last time.
Pictured here is the picturesque village of Halfeti (only accessible by boat), which attracts more than 200,000 visitors every year, who come to admire the minaret (mosque tower) that is visible above the water. The rest of the city disappeared after Birecik dam's construction.
This 2019 photograph is from the project The Crimson Line, a meditation on the way industry is affecting the environment.
Like much of Parke’s earlier work, The Crimson Line uses light and framing to turn the everyday into the otherworldly. Photographing throughout the year - only in the first and last minutes of daylight - in his native Adelaide, the photographer plays with the reds and yellows that appear during these fleeting moments. Parke’s crimson-lit images of factories, steam clouds, and industrial machinery transform commonplace scenes into something alien and dystopian.
In 1996, Sanguinetti began working on a project titled The Sixth Day, exploring life and death on a farm in the Pampas, just outside Buenos Aires. While photographing there she met two cousins, Guille and Belinda, who she started to photograph in what was to become a 23 year project: The Adventures of Guille and Belinda.
This photograph, “Ophelias”, was taken in 2001, early on in the Adventures project, during a period when the two girls were working out who they would become. "I'd photograph them at play,” she has said, “and I started asking them to imagine what their future would be like – and then they'd act it out, like stars of their own life," Sanguinetti explains.
This photograph is from Anderson’s series Approximate Joy, a study of modern China as it continues to rapidly develop and evolve. Traveling through the country, Anderson was “struck by the way that so many places in China’s cities are lit” at night – an observation seen in this portrait of a street in Shenzhen, a former fishing village and now China’s fifth-largest city.
The corner of 125th and Lexington, Harlem, is a spot Khalik Allah has returned to throughout his career. This photograph from 2020 was also taken there, and is reminiscent of his work in Souls Against Concrete, a collection of intimate portraits taken after sunset, using only available light. “I am shooting at nighttime in a black neighbourhood,” Allah has said. “Those are two things people are afraid of. I’m trying to turn that on its head and show that there is nothing to fear.”
Antoine d’Agata’s work is often viscerally corporeal, centering the nude human body and all of its imperfections. However, in some of his photographs he manages to make his subjects look almost ghostly, and at times utterly extraterrestrial. This photograph, taken in Vilnius, Lithuania, is an example of the latter, a skeletal human body distorted to the point that it becomes something else entirely.
This photograph is taken from the 2016 book ZZYZX, a blend of landscape photography and street portraits taken in and around Los Angeles, which won PhotoBook of the Year at the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. Initially drawn to the city by “the light, the colours [and] the extremes”, Halpern wanted to focus on a location for his next body of material and chose LA, he has said, because “it felt like it defied description.”
This 2009 photograph, from Drake’s book Two Rivers , is of Turkmenistan’s Darvaza gas crater. Nicknamed "The Door To Hell”, it has been burning since 1971, when Soviet geologists set it alight while trying to burn off gas in an underground cavern to prevent workers from being poisoned.
This 2011 photograph is from The Afronauts, a surreal staging of one of the training missions at Zambia’s National Academy of Science, Space Research and Astronomical Research.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as the US and the former Soviet Union worked to achieve various firsts in space-flight capability a Zambian science teacher named Edward Makuka decided he too would join the international “space race” in 1964. De Middel’s project re-visualises this little-known interplanetary mission, using costume and staging in order to explore and question representations of Africa while challenging ideas around diaspora, race, and societal power structures.
Chorus is a collage created by Jim Goldberg in 2018. The photographs were originally taken in 2017 while Goldberg was on commission in Beijing. The work consists of portraits made of the people he met randomly in the city as well as snapshots found at local flea markets, and markings made with a variety of mediums. Goldberg’s multifaceted process of working with images and his hands on approach pastes together individual lives to create a raw portrait of everyday life on the streets of the country’s capital city.
This photograph is from the series The Lost Head & the Bird, in which Hura uses the Indian coastline as a lens to examine the country’s changing politics and society, specifically the growing spectre of religious, sexual, and caste violence. The project was accompanied by a surreal short story about a woman whose head is stolen by a past lover. In her subsequent travels, she comes across a fortune teller, who tries to take advantage of her lack of sight by selling her a crow as a “parrot with a horrible cough”. The story gets stuck in an endless loop, with the woman returning to the fortune teller to again buy a crow she’s told is a parrot.
In 2012, Power commenced his most ambitious project yet, a ten-year study of the United States. Having devoured American media – particularly television – as a child, he had always wanted to explore the country from behind his camera, and in Good Morning, America has finally realised that dream.
This photograph, taken in 2019, is of a snow-strewn gas station in Touchet, a tiny settlement in the south of Washington state--a quintessentially American scene, with vivid splashes of colour offset by a distinct lack of colour in the rest of the frame.
This 2014 photograph is from Black’s series American Geography. For the ongoing project, Black has travelled to poor areas in 44 US states, documenting communities whose poverty rates are above 20 percent to highlight the increasing levels of inequality in one of the richest countries on Earth. This image was taken in Tulare County, California, the wealthiest state in America. However, in Tulare itself, 27 percent of people live below the poverty line, a markedly higher number than the national average of 13 percent.
Together with Agata, Bieke Depoorter explores the complexities of the photographic enterprise, grappling with the relationship between photographer and subject. By diving deep into a collaborative working dynamic with a Polish woman she met in a strip club in Paris, she creates a small alternate universe that raises more questions than it offers answers: Who made these images? Who is the subject? Who is Agata? This project is both the story of a young woman searching for identity by playing with it as if it were a toy and the story of Depoorter experimenting with the fragility of photographic authorship. Most of all, it’s the product of a photographer and a subject consciously agreeing to, as both Agata and Depoorter have put it, “use each other.” This photograph is taken from a trip they made to Beirut in August, 2018.
This image, a pressing of a wildflower, is from a 2019 trip to the US-Mexico border wall, along with 15 colleagues from Magnum Photos. There, Arthur focused on the area around Otay mountain in San Diego county, which is home to a number of rare plant species.
This 2013 photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge is from Price’s series Cursed By Night, a project exploring “a world of darkness to which black males are unfortunately tied”. An exploration of race and the way black men are often unfairly perceived, Price began the series after starting her MFA programme at Yale in 2012. The idea came to her after witnessing friends cross the road to avoid passing groups of black men, or refusing to travel to certain areas after dark. The photographs in Cursed By Night were taken over the course of a year, along America’s east coast, in Harlem, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Hartford, Connecticut.
Moises Saman blends traditional conflict photography with a deeply personal point of view. For more than ten years, he has been concerned with the humanitarian impact of war in the Middle East, documenting both the front line of daily suffering and the ‘fleeting moments on the periphery of the more dramatic events’. Pictured here, residents and armed rebels search for survivors among the rubble of a residential building targeted by a Syrian airstrike in Aleppo, Syria.
After six years spent meeting and photographing the families of people lost to Mexico’s drug wars, Yael Martinez started work on a new project, Firefly. In 2019, the photographer was invited to take part in an exhibition about the concept of night in Latin America, and suggested an idea around humanity’s ability to “transform black energy into a positive energy”. To illustrate this concept, Martinez altered his photographs with pin pricks, allowing strands of light to bleed through the darkness.
This 2018 image depicts an annual horse race that takes place during Naadym, the national festival of the Siberian region, Tuva. Every year, young men in the area race each other across a distance of 30km, on horses without saddles. The race usually takes place in August, when the high temperatures of summer have dropped, but in 2018 it was held in July. At 10AM, when Heitmann took this photograph, the mercury registered at 45 degrees.
This picture was taken on van Agtmael’s first trip back to Chile after he’d lived there for six months in 2002. “Those months were deeply formative for me,” he has written of the experience. “I was obsessed with photography but had no real outlet in college. I took the semester off from school and got an internship at a tabloid in Valparaiso. They gave me a loose leash to explore the city and make little features. I started to learn the freedom to be myself. I had my first experience with conflict during a massive rally that turned suddenly violent. I was scared and strangely liberated. And I fell in love. Although this picture is a departure from most of my work, it was in that place I discovered who I was supposed to be.”
This photograph was taken in Libya’s Murzuq desert in December of 2015, near El Sharana, the country’s largest oil field. Pictured is a member of the Third Force, a militia that established significant control in southwestern Libya during the country’s civil war. Operating under the Tripoli government of the time, the Third Force secured oil fields, acted to enforce law and order, and maintained a level of peace in the region.
This photograph is taken from Tavakolian’s 2011 project Listen, which highlights the fact that women singers have not been allowed to produce their own CDs or perform as solo acts in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Tavakolian asked a number of women singers to close their eyes and imagine they were performing in front of a large audience, then took their portraits. She also created an imaginary CD cover for each artist, all of which “will for now remain empty”. This image – a dream CD cover for its subject, Sahar – was taken in the Caspian Sea, off the coast of Mahmudabad, a city in the north of Iran.
In The First March of Gentlemen, the 2017 book from which this image is taken, Rafal Milach creates a fictitious narrative composed of authentic stories. He retells the historical childrens’ strike in Września in Poland from the early 20th Century, through collaged archive photographs from the 1950s and 1960. By blending these elements, he has created a new narrative, to be read as a playful metaphor for the political situation of the present.
This photograph, “Cry Baby”, was taken in 2005, as part of the book project Niagara which saw Soth making images either side of the famed falls, in Canada and the USA. A long established popular location for honeymoons and romantic getaways, Niagara explored the somewhat less cheery reality of the region. “Niagara is part of American mythology. It’s a place of romance, where people go to get married,” explains Soth. “But when I got there my view of the place totally changed. The American side is economically devastated. It’s bleak.”