All posts tagged: Magnum Photos

Iraqi refugees in a low income housing community in Portland. The area is home to several thousand Iraqi refugees. One of the main community organisers is Dr. Baher Butti, who fled Baghdad in 2006 after his community activism made him the target of local militias. A psychiatrist, activist, and writer, Dr. Butti spends much of his free time helping the recent immigrants adapt to life in America. Many of them don’t speak much English and don’t understand their rights within the web of bureaucracy. Although he is constantly overworked, he sees it as his responsibility to help his people get on their feet as fast as possible. Portland, Oregon. 2015 © Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos. From the book Buzzing at the Sill

Q&A: Peter van Agtmael on his new book, Buzzing at the Sill

Born in Washington DC in 1981, Peter van Agtmael studied history at Yale before moving into documentary photography. Largely focusing on America, his work considers issues such as power, race and class; he also works on the Israel/Palestine conflict and throughout the Middle East. He has won the W.Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographers and many more, and joined Magnum Photos in 2008. His book Disco Night Sept 11, a study of the USA post-9/11, was published in 2014 and named a Book of the Year by titles such as The New York Times Magazine and Time Magazine. His latest photobook, Buzzing at the Sill, is the sequel.  BJP: Where does the title Buzzing at the Sill come from? PvA: It’s from a Theodore Roethke poem called In a Dark Time. I heard an excerpt of it in a play called The Nether and afterwards looked it up. I was profoundly moved. The poem made me feel like it was somehow related to me and the work I’d been doing, and so I kept it in the back of …

2017-02-21T12:16:15+00:00

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Magnum photographers discuss their Conditions of the Heart

The connection between photographer and subject is a vital element in the power of an individual photograph. In turn, the image has the power to inspire, inform and communicate human engagement. In 1948, David ‘Chim’ Seymour would come to pioneer this visual form of emotional empathy through his work with UNICEF – following the children orphaned and scarred by the consequences of the Second World War. Working for six months on a dramatically reduced fee, Chim painstakingly travelled across Europe shooting 257 rolls of film, going beyond mere illustration of UNICEF’s work, the assignment became a labour of love, revealing his unique capacity to awaken the public’s conscience to war’s most vulnerable victims. His unapologetically compassionate approach reflected both his deep seated humanism and unique ability to treat those he photographed with equanimity, reverence and respect, developing a genuine human connection that would become emblematic of the engagement at the heart of documentary photography today. Chim’s photographs remain an indispensible part of history, creating a style of photography which has not only shaped the ethos of Magnum Photos …

2016-11-10T10:12:08+00:00

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BJP & Magnum Photos present four new Professional Practice Workshops

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With an ever-changing arts market and increasingly competitive photography network, there has never been a time more important to know how to market, sell and distribute your work. A fresh programme of workshops led by industry professionals and Magnum photographers taking place over the coming months, will provide an invaluable insight into the dos and don’ts of the photography market, and present highly valuable training opportunities for photographers at any stage in their career. There will be four workshops each lasting two days, with the first starting on 19 November. Each will address a different aspect of the business, including how to establish a professional network of industry contacts, how to understand the requirements of the market and what the realistic routes into photographic employment are. A selection of carefully curated lectures from speakers addressing specific areas of the photographic industry, sharing practical advice on how to succeed in their particular area,  will take the lead in activities for the first day. On the second day, photographers will have the chance to present their portfolios and get honest …

2016-12-05T16:46:45+00:00

GB. England. London. Oxford Street (c) Matt Stuart, courtesy Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos announces two new nominee members following its 69th Annual General Meeting

London-based street photographer Matt Stuart and 26-year-old Armenian-American Diana Markosian have been named as the latest members of the legendary Magnum Photos agency. The pair, both supported by Magnum’s current president, Martin Parr, were announced as nominee members today following the agency’s Annual General Meeting, which took place in east London last week. Nominees are invited to apply for full membership having proved themselves after a period of usually one or four years. Jérôme Sessini and Bieke Depoorter, who both became nominees in 2012, have now both progressed to full member status. Markosian is well known to BJP readers as one of the brightest new talents in the field of documentary photography, first featuring as one of our Ones To Watch in 2015. Born in Russia and growing up in California, she’s since returned to her homeland to make work, including a series of portraits of the almost grown-up survivors of the Beslan school massacre. For Inventing My Father, she created a highly charged series about finding and reconnecting with her estranged father from whom …

2016-06-28T14:08:16+00:00

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From the experts: how to get your project off the ground

Our two day April workshop explores successful methods of funding and marketing photographic projects, where participants will learn about the creation and dissemination of photographic projects, looking at crowd funding and pre-selling, digital strategies, commercial collaborations, and multimedia. Speakers include: Olivia Arthur (Magnum photographer), Sabine Unamun (Arts Council England), Simon Bainbridge (editorial director, British Journal of Photography), Marc Prüst (photography consultant, curator, and teacher) and Monica Allende (independent photo editor and cultural producer). Photographers looking to finance ambitious projects and get them seen might be intimidated by the task ahead of them. Competition is fierce, traditional avenues of funding work are narrowing and ensuring your work resonates with an audience can be a tough task. But as speakers at our workshop will illustrate, it’s not all doom and gloom – photographers are collaborating with one another to create exciting new projects, technology is opening up new opportunities for funding and the global photography market is more accessible than ever. Marc Prust has developed educational courses for the likes of World Press Photo, the International Center of …

2016-05-03T10:31:15+00:00

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From the experts: how to exhibit and sell your work

Our March workshop explores photography and the art market, where participants will learn about approaching galleries and exhibiting work, print sales and editioning, exhibition licensing and design, national collections and programming across national institutions. Speakers include: Max Pinckers (Magnum photographer), Shoair Mavlian (Assistant Curator, Tate Modern), Chris Littlewood (Photography Director, Flowers Gallery), and Sophie Wright (Global Cultural Director, Magnum Photos). For emerging photographers, entering the art market can be a daunting prospect – creating relationships with galleries, learning the best ways to exhibit your work and finding out how to sell your images are all crucial. At our upcoming workshop, speakers such as Tate’s Shoair Mavlian will help photographers learn more about all aspects of a detailed process. “often it is the quieter works which pull you in and take you on a journey that are most memorable. A great exhibition gets all the key things right: concept, selection of images, printing, installation etc.,” says Mavlian. “There are so many things to think about and it is the small details that make something stand out.” For …

2016-03-21T13:42:49+00:00

GEORGIA. Abkhazia. Sukhum. 2005. Although Abkhazia is isolated, half-abandoned and still suffering war wounds due to its unrecognized status, both locals and Russian tourists are drawn to the warm waters of the Black Sea. This unrecognized country, on a lush stretch of Black Sea coast, won its independence from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after a fierce  war in 1993.

Learn how to break into editorial photography from the experts

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British Journal of Photography have teamed up with Magnum Photos to offer a brand new programme of professional development workshops in 2016. Led by leading Magnum photographers and industry professionals, the programme presents incredible training opportunities for early & mid-career photographers. Our first workshop focuses on editorial photography, where attendees will hear detailed, vital aspects of the processes photographers go through with publications. Learn from leading commissioners and a Magnum photographer about portfolio building, winning commissions, approaching editors, building and editing your story, information and captions, syndication and licensing, pricing, rights, contracts. Each tutors will give behind-the-scenes information on their area of expertise. Group portfolio reviews on the second day will review your work in relation to the editorial market, encouraging students to develop skills in building, editing and pitching their story. The tutors are: Jonas Bendiksen – Magnum photographer The acclaimed Norwegian photojournalist began his photographic career in Magnum Photos’ London offices as a 19-year-old intern – returning eight years later as a fully fledged member of the famed agency. Bendiksen, who is based in Oslo, …

2016-01-20T14:12:14+00:00

BJP & Magnum Photos: Professional Practice Workshops 2016

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Led by leading Magnum photographers and industry professionals, the programme presents incredible training opportunities for early & mid-career photographers. Each workshop is a two-day photographic masterclass that focuses on demystifying the business of the industry, establishing a professional network of industry contacts, understanding the requirements of the market and identifying entry realistic routes into employment. The first day focuses on lectures from key speakers on specific areas of the photographic industry, giving behind the scenes tips and practical advice explaining how to work and succeed in their area of expertise. A second day of portfolio reviews lead by industry specialists will provide photographers with an honest, constructive and critique of existing work. Workshops will be held at the Magnum Print Room in east London. Each workshop is open to 40 applicants on a first come first served basis. WORKSHOP PROGRAMME Editorial photography How to succeed in the editorial market Sat 6 & Sun 7 February 2016 Photography and the art market How to get an exhibition and sell your work Sat 12 & Sun 13 …

2015-11-17T13:09:22+00:00

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The 2015 edition of Magnum’s Square Prints Sale begins

Magnum’s print sales are fast becoming a calendar event, enticing buyers beyond the photographic community – last year, their website crashed due to traffic after the sale launched. This year, the legendary photography agency has curated a sale of archival quality prints around the theme of ‘Intimacy’. This week only from Monday 9th to Friday 13th of November, iconic work will be available on Magnum’s Online Store, signed by the photographer for $100. Over fifty Magnum photographers and estates have considered the personal aspects of their work – whether documenting vital global stories, such as Matt Black’s work on American poverty or quieter, more inward images like Newsha Tavakolian’s moving portrait of her friend. With a rare opportunity to own rarely-seen work from the world’s most renowned photographers, such as Steve McCurry, Harry Gruyaert and Susan Meiselas, the sale promises to bring welcome attention on the print market.   Visit the Magnum Online Store to buy your print. “The presence of the photographer changes the atmosphere the moment the subject becomes aware of the camera… …

2015-11-10T11:59:10+00:00

Evangelical Church, North London © Ian Berry/Magnum

How England has changed over forty years, by Magnum’s Ian Berry

“Photography is not an intellectual pursuit. It’s about becoming a hunter – getting yourself into the right place at the right time,” says Ian Berry. A member of Magnum Photos since 1962, Ian Berry knows what he’s talking about. He’s worked as a photojournalist in Vietnam, Israel, China, Ireland, Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union (to name but a few). But he’s perhaps most famous for his documentation of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in apartheid South Africa, his photographic work the evidence used in the trial that eventually proved the victims’ innocence. His current exhibition, The English at the Lucy Bell Gallery in Hastings on England’s south coast, hits a little closer to home. Mostly taken in 1975, Berry conceived of the project as “a personal exploration of English life”. To that end, he travelled the length and breadth of the country photographing young and old, rich and poor, city and country, home and work. Seen here, in 2015, the collection stands as a vivid time capsule, some aspects familiar, some very alien. BJP spoke to Ian about …

2015-11-03T12:51:10+00:00

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