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Mikhael Subotzky 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner

 

Mikhael Subotzky (30) is a man of few public words. The 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Visual Art prefers to let his striking photographs do the talking.

“It is a great honour. I am very grateful for the opportunity and honored to follow in the footsteps of the artists who have previously been given the award,” said Subotzky.

Subotzky was born in Cape Town, and is currently based in Johannesburg. His work has been exhibited widely in major galleries and museums, and his prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and FOAM (FotoMuseum Amsterdam).

“Mikhael Subotzky's technical, aesthetic and academic explorations have seen him become one of the world's exciting photographers,” said Brenton Maart, National Arts Festival committee member for Visual Art. “He uses photography to make images that are both nuanced constructions of colour and light, and also scholarly studies of the peculiarities of South African communities. The young artist establishes the boundaries of his subject matter and, within these confines, delves into fraught and loaded social spaces,” Maart added.

When asked what audiences can expect from Mikhael Subotzky in Grahamstown next year, the response was a mysterious: “A few surprises.”

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The Magnum Foundation announces 4 scholarships for the 2012 NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program.

 

The Magnum Foundation is pleased to announce that 4 scholarships will be available for the 2012 NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program.

The scholarship funds cover the 6-week program at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, housing, travel, and living expenses, as well as additional cultural activities in New York with the opportunity to meet editors, publishers, and visit some of the most prestigious photography museums and galleries.

The four scholarships are open to applicants living and working in, and native to any of the following regions: Latin America, the Caucasus Region, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, East Asia, South Asia, Africa, or the Middle East.

Support for these scholarships has been generously provided by the Open Society Foundations and Nancy Stephens and Rick Rosenthal of The Rosenthal Family Foundation.

 

About the Program

The Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Magnum Foundation present programming in photography and human rights for the third summer, spearheaded again by Professor Fred Ritchin of the Department and Susan Meiselas of the Magnum Foundation.

The scholarship is aimed at intermediate and advanced international students, including experienced professionals. The six-week program is comprised of four courses and is designed to enable students to explore strategies for creating effective documentary projects in pursuit of human rights. Students will propose multimedia or traditional presentation strategies for their photo essays, which they will develop through two studio courses. A lecture course will provide participants with an opportunity to look at photography's strengths and weaknesses, both real and imagined, in attempting to determine new strategies for its use as both society and technology evolve. The final component is a discussion and writing course correlating with a public guest lecture series featuring speakers from the fields of photojournalism, law, and media. Scholarship fellows will remain in New York for an additional week to meet with local editors, publishers, and other experts in the field and explore museums, galleries, and other cultural resources.

 

More information about the program, including updates, can be found on the NYU website at http://photo.tisch.nyu.edu/object/photomagnum2012.html.

 

Applicants must be fluent in the English language.

About the Application Process (Applications Accepted November 29th- December 19th)

Materials should include:

1. A Statement of Purpose
(750 words max- pdf format)

2. A description of a human rights related project you would like to pursue
(250 words max- pdf format)

3. A portfolio of 20 photographs by the student
(Labeled: First Name, Last Name, 001, 002, etc) please note: this will involve 2 uploads of 10 pictures each 72 dpi at 900 pixels wide

4. A CV/resume
(Applicant must specify region and include educational background- pdf format).

To start the application process from November 29th - December 19th, go to: https://nyumf-scholarship.photoshelter.com/signup/signup/free *

Applications submitted before November 29th or after December 19th will not be accepted.

*If you already have a photoshelter account, please contact info@magnumfoundation.org directly

 

Applications will be judged by the NYU faculty in collaboration with the Magnum Foundation. Winners will be named at the beginning of January.

For more information, please contact www.photo.tisch.nyu.edu

For more information about the Magnum Foundation, please visit www.magnumfoundation.org or contact info@magnumfoundation.org

 

Magnum Photographer Steve McCurry is the First Winner of the Newly Created Leica Hall of Fame Award

Magnum photographer Steve McCurry is the winner of the inaugural Leica Hall of Fame Award. During the “Tribute to Photography” night on September 1st Steve McCurry was awarded the prize donated by Leica Camera AG: a Leica M9-P with the engraved name of the award and Steve McCurry’s hand-written signature.

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Director of Leica Gallery Salzburg, presented the award. “Steve McCurry is telling stories with his pictures, moving stories. By this he involves us in the fate of people worldwide. For Steve McCurry the human is the center”, said Karin Rehn-Kaufmann.

For more than three decades, the 61 years old McCurry has been on the road, producing sensitive and impassioned documentary photographic works across the globe and has been recognized with numerous accolades for his work. His documentary on the Soviet invasion to Afghanistan won him international fame. He also covered, amongst others, the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, and the Yugoslav Wars, and sent reports from Lebanon, Tibet, Yemen, and Cambodia. His iconic photograph of the “Afghan girl” Sharbat Gula, was taken in 1984 near the Nasir Bagh refugee camp and first appeared on the cover of National Geographic. His career was launched when, wearing native clothing, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes that contained some of the world's first images of the conflict. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad Showing Courage and Enterprise. Since 1986, Steve McCurry has been a member of the renowned photographic agency Magnum.

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG, explains why Steve McCurry was chosen as the first awardee of the Leica Hall: the reason is his indefatigable commitment to a kind of reportage photography focussing on the sufferings and inhuman concomitants of acts of war: “More than almost anyone else, Steve McCurry has recorded the terrible consequences of war and persecution and has thus had decisive influence on our perception of world affairs for decades. For his work, he deserves our thanks and recognition.”

The Leica Hall of Fame Award, which has now been awarded for the first time, stands in a tradition of earlier awards initiated by Leica Camera AG to honour outstanding photographers. The prize is awarded to photographers who have rendered outstanding services to the Leica brand and to the genre of photography. The prize shall be awarded sporadically without competition and without the decision of a jury.

The Leica M9-P is a particularly robust version of the M9 reportage camera. The specialty of the Leica M9-P: for the sake of inconspicuousness, Leica’s signature feature, the characteristic red point, has been avoided. The camera also features a sturdy sapphire glass display to withstand the harshest working conditions. Many reportage photographers from all over the world use the cameras of Leica’s legendary M range finder camera system but paste the brand logo over to avoid attracting attention during their field work.

>View a selection of Steve McCurry's iconic photography

Eli Reed to be honored by the 2011 Lucie Awards for Achievement in Documentary Photography

The Lucie Foundation has just announced that Magnum Photographer Eli Reed will be honored at the 2011 Lucie Awards for his achievement in documentary photography. The Lucie Awards is the annual gala ceremony that celebrates master photographers and their contributions to the field of photography. Honorees are determined each year by the Lucie Awards Advisory Board, and pre-announced.

ELI REED, a 1982/83 Harvard University Nieman Fellow, with Magnum Photos since 1983 and full member since 1988, and a Clinical Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Texas since 2005.

Reed has covered world news events since 1982. He worked for the Middletown Times Herald, Detroit News, and the San Francisco Examiner newspapers before joining Magnum. He has worked for National Geographic, Life, Time, People, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, London Independent, Stern, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, GQ, American Heritage, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Vibe, Modern Maturity, Ford Foundation, Save Our Children, Amnesty International, and many others.

Awards: Eugene Smith Grant in Documentary Photography, Overseas Press Club, Kodak World Image Award for Fine Art Photography, Leica Medal of Excellence, POY Nikon World Understanding Award, World Press, Pulitzer Prize Finals, and Visa pour L'image Festival Du Photoreportage. His books include "Beirut, City of Regrets”, “Black in America” (preface by Gordon Parks), and I Grandi Fotografi Eli Reed. He has also worked on various group projects such as Korea Now, “Black in Rochester”, a Magnum “Access to Life Campaign” (Documenting HIV treatment in Peru in the fight against AIDS, and other book projects.

Reed is a member of Kamoinge and the Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers (SMPSP). He photographed approximately thirty feature films, documentary, and cable network films. Including films such as "Kansas City" (collaboration with Robert Altman), "Clockers," Rosewood, Ghosts of Mississippi", "The Jackal", "One True Thing", "A Beautiful Mind"," 8 Mile". His film on Detroit gangs, “Getting Out", was honored by the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame International Independent Film and Video Competition. His photographic essay on the effects of poverty were an emotional core for an NBC hour film documentary, "America's Children, Poorest in the Land of Plenty", which was directed by Scott Fraser and narrated by Maya Angelou.

"I have never been at a loss when deciding what I wanted to photograph next. Before I ever got into the position of making photographs for publication, I explored my surroundings through my photography. It has brought me into places both of a physical and spiritual nature. It has also helped to enlarge my understanding of the external world in ways that I would have perhaps found difficult if not for the camera in my hands. W. Eugene Smith, once stated, "Let truth be the prejudice!" I believe that is still a good way of doing work that is important to me."-Eli Reed

News From the 64th Annual General Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Magnum Elects Two New Member Photographers: Alessandra Sanguinetti and Mikhael Subotzky Become Newest Members of Magnum Photos.

Friday, July 1, 2011 [NEW YORK] – The member photographers of Magnum Photos have elected Alessandra Sanguinetti and Mikhael Subotzky full members of the collective. The vote occurred after a review of portfolios at Magnum’s 64th annual general meeting in Paris.

"We are very pleased to welcome Alessandra and Mikhael as new members," said photographer Alex Majoli, Magnum’s new president. "They are wonderful people and photographers. They also demonstrate the ongoing diversification within Magnum."

Sanguinetti was raised in Argentina and currently lives in California. Subotzky resides in his native South Africa. More information about both photographers and portfolios of their work can be found at www.magnumphotos.com.

In addition to the two new members, Olivia Arthur and Peter van Agtmael were elected as associate members. The membership did not accept any new nominees.

As announced separately today, Magnum also agreed to accept the archive of the late Tim Hetherington for distribution.

Magnum Photos is the home of documentary photography. Founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David "Chim" Seymour, it remains owned and cooperatively managed by its independent photographer-members. Magnum’s four offices in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo service the ongoing distribution, licensing, production and exhibition of pictures by the world’s most esteemed photographers www.magnumphotos.com.

Magnum Agrees To Distribute Hetherington Archive

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Magnum Photos To Distribute Archive of Tim Hetherington.

Friday, July 1, 2011 [NEW YORK] – After reviewing a portfolio of Tim Hetherington’s work submitted on behalf of his family, the member photographers of Magnum Photos have voted to accept the late photographer’s archive for distribution by Magnum. Hetherington was killed in April while covering the ongoing conflict in Libya.

The Hetherington family states, "We are very pleased that Tim’s pictures will be represented by Magnum. It’s what he wanted, and we believe Magnum will be the right home for the work."

Magnum Photographer Christopher Anderson, who shared a studio with Hetherington said, "Magnum is proud to be able to distribute Tim’s exceptional archive. We were devastated by losing Tim, and we will do our best to represent his work in a manner consistent with our shared values."

The vote to accept Hetherington’s work as a collection occurred at Magnum’s 64th annual general meeting of photographers, held this year in Paris.

Hetherington’s estate is still in the process of being probated in the United Kingdom. In the interim, Magnum will begin preparing the archive, which includes photographs and video from Hetherington’s final trip to Libya.

Anderson added: "A number of people are involved in distributing Tim’s films, books, and photography, and Magnum looks forward to working with them. We all share the same goal of preserving his work and bringing it to the public in the best possible manner."

For more information, go to http://www.timhetherington.com and http://www.magnumphotos.com. Magnum Photos is the home of documentary photography. Founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour, it remains owned and cooperatively managed by its independent photographer-members. Magnum’s four offices in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo service the ongoing distribution, licensing, production and exhibition of pictures by the world’s most esteemed photographers www.magnumphotos.com.

Jim Goldberg awarded Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011

The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011 was announced in London on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 when the broadcaster and critic Miranda Sawyer presented the GBP 30,000 award at a special ceremony to the photographer Jim Goldberg. The annual award recognises a photographer who has made an important contribution to contemporary photography in Europe in the previous 12 months.

Jim Goldberg (b. 1953, USA) has been nominated for his exhibition Open See at The Photographers’ Gallery, London (16 October 2009 – 31 January 2010). Initiated through a Magnum commission, Open See documents the experiences of refugee, immigrant and trafficked populations who travel from war torn, socially and economically devastated countries to make new lives in Europe. Fusing Polaroids, video, written text, ephemera and large and medium format photographs (taken in places as varied as Iraq, Bangladesh, China, The Balkans and Congo), Goldberg uses his varied and experimental approach to photographic storytelling to reflect on issues of migration and the conditions for desiring escape.

This year’s prize winner was chosen from four finalists by an international jury whose membership changes annually and which was headed by Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery. The members of this year’s jury were: Alex Farquharson (director, Nottingham Contemporary, Great Britain), Marloes Krijnen (founding director, Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands), Joel Sternfeld (artist, USA) and Anne-Marie Beckmann (curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany).

The remaining finalists for this year’s prize Thomas Demand (b. 1964, Germany), Roe Ethridge (b. 1969, USA) and Elad Lassry (b. 1977, Israel) were each awarded GBP 3,000.

Brett Rogers said, on behalf of the Jury: ‘Due to the breadth of the Award criteria, the Jury felt that any one of the four nominees could have been the winner. They however awarded the Prize to Jim Goldberg for Open See, acclaiming its timely and inventive approach to documentary practice, at the heart of which lies for him co-authorship, a form of creative collaboration allowing these individuals to tell their own stories.’

"The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize has once again succeeded in bringing together the most important and interesting representatives of the European photographic scene. We are exceptionally pleased to announce Jim Goldberg as this year’s winner of this prestigious prize. Our congratulations and thanks to all those who have contributed – The Photographers’ Gallery staff, the Academy, the Jury and the artists for their engagement and contribution," said Julia Taeschner, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Börse.

Deutsche Börse has been main sponsor of this renowned photographic prize since 2005. It was set up by The Photographers’ Gallery in London in 1996 with the aim of promoting the best works of contemporary photography. The primary focus is on promoting young talent and recognising excellent examples of international photographic art. The previous winners of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize are: Sophie Ristelhueber (2010) Paul Graham (2009), Esko Männikö (2008), Walid Raad/ the Atlas Group (2007), Robert Adams (2006) and Luc Delahaye (2005). The four finalists’ works can be viewed in London until 1 May at Ambika P3, University of Westminster. The works will then be exhibited from 13 May to 26 June at C/O Berlin in the Altes Postfuhramt.

Image: GREECE. Lavrio. 2005. Two detained Afghani refugees point to the refrigerator on which they wrote (approximate translation) 'The Sea of Sadness has no shore'. (Their English translation is 'in the open see (sic) dont have border') Lavrio Detention Center. © Jim Goldberg / Magnum Photos

Susan Meiselas awarded the Harvard Arts Medal

The Harvard Arts Medal honors a distinguished Harvard or Radcliffe graduate or faculty member who has achieved excellence in the arts and has made a contribution through the arts to education or the public good. Photographer Susan Meiselas, Ed.M. ’71, has had one-woman exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, and her work is included in American and international collections.

Susan Meiselas received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. in visual education from Harvard University. Her first major photographic essay, Carnival Strippers, focused on the lives of women doing striptease at New England country fairs. She photographed the carnivals during three consecutive summers while teaching photography in the New York public schools.

Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then. She is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America, which were published widely throughout the world. In 1981, Pantheon published her second monograph, NICARAGUA, JUNE 1978-JULY 1979 which was reprinted by Aperture, fall 2008.

The ceremony, presented by the Office for the Arts and the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, will include a discussion with Meiselas on her career and creative process moderated by actor and host John Lithgow ’67.

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Rene Burri awarded Swiss Press Photo Lifetime Achievement Award

René Burri, known around the world for his photograph of Che Guevara, is being given – on his 78th birthday – the Swiss Press Photo Lifetime Achievement Award.

René Burri studied at the School of Applied Arts in his native city of Zurich, Switzerland. From 1953 to 1955 he worked as a documentary film-maker and began to use a Leica while doing his military service.

Burri became an associate of Magnum in 1955 and received international attention for one of his first reportages, on deaf-mute children, 'Touch of Music for the Deaf', published in Life magazine.

In 1956 he traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East, and then went to Latin America, where he made a series on the gauchos that was published by Du magazine in 1959. It was also for this Swiss periodical that he photographed artists such as Picasso, Giacometti and Le Corbusier. He became a full member of Magnum in 1959, and started work on his book Die Deutschen, published in Switzerland in 1962, and by Robert Delpire the following year with the title Les Allemands. In 1963, while working in Cuba, he photographed Ernesto 'Che' Guevara during an interview by an American journalist. His images of the famous revolutionary with his cigar appeared around the world.

Burri participated in the creation of Magnum Films in 1965, and afterwards spent six months in China, where he made the film The Two Faces of China produced by the BBC. He opened the Magnum Gallery in Paris in 1962, while continuing his activities as a photographer; at the same time he made collages and drawings.

In 1998 Burri won the Dr Erich Salomon Prize from the German Association of Photography. A big retrospective of his work was held in 2004-2005 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris and toured many other European museums. René Burri lives and works in Zurich and Paris.

>Read the interview with Rene Burri about the award on SwissInfo.ch

Cristina García Rodero Wins The Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas

Spanish photographer Cristina Garcia Rodero has been awarded The Premio Internacional de Fotografía Alcobendas. The jury recognized the human quality and the continued development of an innate concern for children in her photographs, which show, more generally, "the relationship between man and his environment and, in particular, human coexistence."

The Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas comes with 10.000 Euro, and the prizewinner must be a documentary photographer who illustrates the rights of childhood throughout their career. The work must encourage reflection on the different and fascinating questions that characterize the global situation of children.

Cristina García Rodero was born in Puertollano, Spain. She studied painting at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Madrid, before taking up photography. She then qualified as a teacher and worked full-time in education. For the next 16 years, she also dedicated her time to researching and photographing popular and traditional festivities - religious and pagan - principally in Spain but also across Mediterranean Europe. This project culminated in her book España Oculta published in 1989, which won the "Book of the Year Award" at the Arles Festival of Photography.

The same year, García Rodero also won the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Foundation Prize. The documentary and ethnological value of her work is considerable, but the esthetic quality of her photography makes it more than a simple visual record.

In recent years, García Rodero has traveled around the world in search of other cultures with particular traditions. Over a period of four years, she went several times to Haiti, where she has documented voodoo rituals, producing a series of expressive portraits and moving scenes flanked by engaging documentary observations. Rituals in Haiti was shown for the first time in the 2001 Venice Biennale.

 

Cristina García Rodero has received many prizes, including The Premio Nacional de Fotografía in 1996 in Spain. Her work has been widely published and exhibited internationally.

She has published several books and has been a member of the agency Vu for more than 15 years. Garcia Rodero joined Magnum in 2005 and became a full member in 2009.

The jury in the second edition of The Premio Internacional de Fotografía Alcobendas was composed by Carlos Gollonet (independent curator and head of programming of the Foundation Mapfre), Claude Boussac (PhotoEspaña director), José Manuel Ballester (photographer and National Photography Award 2010), José María Díaz-Maroto (photographer and curator of the collection Alcobendas) and Eva Tormo (Councillor of Culture, Education and Children's Council of Alcobendas).

The Magnum Foundation Announces 2011 Young Photographer in the Caucasus Award Now Open for Submissions

Eligibility
The Award program is open to all photographers born after January 1, 1973, living in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Republics of the North Caucasus in the Russian Federation (Daghestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, North-Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karatshaevo-Tsherkessia, and Adigey Republic) and the Russian Federation regions of Stavropol Krai and Krasnodar. Existing United Nations standards on nationality and borders will be utilized for purposes of determining eligibility.

Submission Requirements
Applicants must submit up to twenty (20) images from a single documentary project situated in the Caucasus (as described above) in digital format, together with a one-page written statement (in English, French, or Russian) describing the project and providing a short biography and the contact information of the photographer.

• Images must be uploaded onto The Photoshelter Site at https://caucasusaward.photoshelter.com/signup/signup/free (Once you sign up, your upload instructions will be emailed to you).
• Please submit images only. Do not submit images in a movie, multimedia or slideshow format.
• Image resolution must be 100 dpi and cannot exceed 1000 pixels on the longest side.
• Images should be numbered in the order that you wish them to be presented (to ensure correct sequencing please use two digits), followed by the applicant’s last name. Do not use any spacing in the file names. For example, John Smith’s images should be numbered 01Smith, 02Smith, 03Smith, etc.
• Please be sure that your written statement includes your biography (including professional affiliation, if any) and current contact information, including telephone number and email address, as well as a description of the submitted project.

The Magnum Foundation reserves the right not to consider any submission not meeting the requirements listed above. Only submissions uploaded onto the Photoshelter site will be reviewed. The Foundation will not review hard copies.

Judging
A short-list of entries will be reviewed by a jury composed of the members of Magnum Photos in late June 2011. The jury will propose a winner and possibly up to two honorable mentions to be confirmed by the Board of Directors of the Magnum Foundation. The winner and honorable mention recipients will be notified by the Magnum Foundation by telephone or email and will be publicly announced by July 1st. The selection of the winner and honorable mention recipients shall be made in the sole and absolute discretion of the jury and the Foundation.

Award
In addition to the $5000 prize to support an ongoing documentary project, the winner will receive a statue presented by a Magnum photographer at an awards ceremony held in Tbilisi, Georgia. The portfolios submitted by the winner and honorable mention recipients will also be featured on the Magnum Foundation’s website.

Terms and Conditions
All applicants represent and warrant that they are the sole authors of the works submitted and that there is no legal or other impediment to making the submission or granting the licenses described herein. Applicants agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Magnum Foundation from and against any claim arising from a breach of the foregoing representation and warranty or from any allegation that submitted materials violate the rights of any third party, including by copyright infringement, defamation, breach of contract, or invasion of privacy.

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Magnum Photos and IdeasTap Announce Inaugural Photographic Award Winner

Thirty-one year old Italian photographer Pierfrancesco Celada has been announced as the winner of the 2010 IdeasTap Photographic Award, in association with Magnum Photos. The final stage of the award was judged by Fiona Rogers (Magnum Cultural and Education Coordinator) Chris Steele-Perkins (Magnum Photographer) Adrian Mott (IdeasTap Photography Consultant).

Celada was named the winner of the inaugural competition at an event at Magnum Print Room, London on April 5 2011. He wins the unique opportunity to spend a week with the Magnum In Motion team in New York to produce his own multimedia essay, a £5,000 cash prize and a four-week paid internship with Magnum Photos, London.

After originally winning the Photojournalism category of the competition with his project ‘I wish I knew your name’ photographed in Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka megalopolis, Celada used his IdeasTap finalist winnings to return to Japan to work on his successful final photo-essay. His winning multimedia essay was shot in Japan and England and deals with feelings of isolation. It was screened at the judging session alongside work by the two other finalists Stuart Matthews and Max Downer, who previously won the Environmental and Conceptual categories of the competition, respectively.

Pierfrancesco Celada said:
“I am extremley pleased; It has been a quite long journey since the first submission last year. During this time I had the chance to make my project stronger, thanks to the suggestions of Magnum photographers and photo-editors that I met during the mentoring process. I am looking forward to continue the project and to produce some new work in the months to come"

Fiona Rogers, Cultural & Education Coordinator said:
“We are delighted to announce Pierfrancesco Celada as the winner of our first collaborative photographic award with our educational partners, IdeasTap. Despite tough competition, Celada was considered to be a worth winner due to the level of maturity displayed in his stills and the sophisticated production of his multimedia essay. Celada’s project is technically advanced and shows a raw talent which we believe will benefit from this unique opportunity.”

The exclusive event also marked the launch of a three-year educational partnership between Magnum and IdeasTap, which will offer subsidised training for new photography talent though Magnum’s popular education events. The night also saw the launch of the 2011 IdeasTap Photographic Award and the chance to win unique prizes including mentoring from Magnum photographers, the opportunity to spend a week with the Magnum In Motion staff and £19,000 in cash awards.

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> See Pierfrancesco Celada's winning project on IdeasTap

Magnum Photos and IdeasTap Launch Educational Partnership

Magnum Photos and online youth arts charity IdeasTap have joined forces in a three-year educational partnership to invest in the most exciting emerging photographers in the UK. Building on the inaugural IdeasTap Photographic Award in early 2010, this new partnership will offer subsidised training for new photography talent through Magnum’s popular educational events across the UK. Magnum’s educational activities provide photographers at different stages in their careers to benefit from the vast experience of Magnum’s established photographers, staff and clients. Events offer practical, technical and theoretical advice to help participants develop their own visual language and the skills required to compete in photography’s changing marketplace.

Magnum Photos & IdeasTap are delighted to announce a series of collaborative Professional Practice events across the UK, which offer impartial guidance from leading industry figures, access to key professional contacts and advice on engaging with and working in the image-making industries.

To celebrate the partnership Magnum Photos & IdeasTap will be announcing the 2010 IdeasTap Photographic Award winners at an exclusive event hosted at the Magnum Print Room, London on 5 April 2011. Work by the three Award finalists will be on display, and their multimedia essays screened.

The event will also launch the 2011 IdeasTap Photographic Award and announce the opening of applications for the first collaborative Magnum Professional Practice event, produced as part of the Look11 Photography Festival, Liverpool, in June 2011.

The 2011 IdeasTap Photographic Award will offer 12 shortlisted photographers the opportunity to receive mentoring from a Magnum photographer, before awarding six finalists with £1,500 and two final winners a further £5,000 and the opportunity to intern with Magnum Photos in London, or create a Magnum In Motion essay in Magnum New York.

Arts philanthropist and IdeasTap Chief Executive Peter De Haan, said:
"We’re thrilled to be building on our partnership with Magnum Photos to invest in the next generation of photographers. We believe this partnership represents a unique offering for emerging photographers - the very best in industry expertise from Magnum Photos, direct cash funding from IdeasTap and a platform to showcase work through online portfolios on IdeasTap.com."

Peter Marlow, Magnum Photographer and Vice-President, Magnum Photos London, said:
"Magnum Photos are delighted to have the opportunity to support photographic talent through our evolving relationship with IdeasTap. Our unique partnership enables Magnum Photos to deliver invaluable industry knowledge from the agency’s experienced photographers, staff and clients, and prepare photographers for the realities of the marketplace."

Notes to Editors
Peter De Haan & Peter Marlow are both available for interview opportunities. For more information contact Joe Duggan IdeasTap PR Officer on joed@ideastap.com or 020 7036 9018.

IdeasTap
IdeasTap is a charity that funds, connects and nurtures new creative talent. It was launched in December 2008 as the arts platform of The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust, which more broadly awards grants to organisations which aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK.

The IdeasTap membership currently stands at more than 36,000 young creative practitioners and the charity is partnered with Old Vic New Voices, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, Magnum Photos and the National Student Drama Festival.

The website provides a platform for young creative people to connect, showcase their work and skills, find jobs, and promote events and exhibitions. Partners work with IdeasTap to develop and provide unique industry opportunities – from performing on The Old Vic stage and creatively producing multidisciplinary arts festivals and new online dramas to creative assignments in Dubai, New York and Shanghai.

In the past year IdeasTap has supported young artists with around £200,000 of cash funding. Primarily, this money is distributed through the Ideas Fund - an annual £150,000 funding programme from IdeasTap. The IdeasFund is a financial and mentoring award that recognises and celebrates young creative talent, and anyone between the ages of 16‐25 can apply. The money is currently split into four funds, which between them support short films, productions at the Edinburgh festival, arts projects exploring environmental themes or produced in an environmentally sustainable way and projects that are simply new innovative ideas. Since 2008 IdeasTap has provided over 3,500 young people with direct funding, expert mentoring or the opportunity to work with a leading arts organisation.

Peter De Haan
Peter De Haan is founder and Chief Executive of the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust (PDHCT) and IdeasTap. Peter is featured in the Sunday Times Rich List and sold his shares in Saga in 1999.

Bruce Davidson to receive Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award from Sony World Photography Award

Bruce Davidson is to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award at this year’s Sony World Photography Awards. He will be honoured at Gala Ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on Wednesday 27 April amongst leading figures of the international photography community. An exhibition of his work will be shown as part of the World Photography Festival at Somerset House in London.

In a career spanning more than half a century, Davidson is one of America’s most distinguished photographers. He joined a circus in 1958, followed a gang in Brooklyn in 1959; chronicled the civil rights movement from 1961 to 1965; documented one neglected block of East Harlem from 1966 to 1968; discovered colour in the NYC Subway in 1980 and explored Central Park from 1992 to 1995. Bruce Davidson was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1933. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University. After completing his military service in 1957 he worked as a photographer for Life Magazine and in 1958, Henri Cartier-Bresson invited him to join Magnum Photos. He continues to be an active member.

An exhibition of Bruce Davidson’s work will be on display in the Terrace Rooms at Somerset House in London from 26 April - 22 May as part of the World Photography Festival. The exhibition, selected by Bruce Davidson with Simon Baker, curator of photography and international art at Tate, will include some of his most famous US photographs, including works from the East 100th Street and Circus collections.

Bruce Davidson will also be taking part in the In the Photographer’s Studio series at the World Photography Festival. Hosted by Simon Baker, this event on the evening of Tuesday 26th April, will uncover the personal story behind Bruce’s distinguished career.

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Magnum Photos and Leica Announce a Technological and Photographic Collaboration

Magnum Photos International, Inc. and Leica Camera AG have begun a technological and photographic collaboration that will build upon almost a century’s worth of shared history between these two world-renowned photographic institutions.

Since the founding of Magnum Photos in 1947 by the legendary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour, Magnum photographers have served as fervent eyewitnesses to history. Through the lenses of their Leicas, they have captured the decisive moments of the 20th century with a unique vision and unparalleled intensity.

Magnum was established to reflect the independent nature of Magnum photographers as both people and photographers. The idiosyncratic mix of reporter and artist continues to define Magnum, producing work that emphasizes not only what is seen, but also the way one sees it.

Over the past sixty years, Magnum and Leica have made extensive contributions to the recording of history. Individually, each brand stands alone as a pioneer in its field. Leica has become synonymous with the best tools of the trade, blending hand-crafted quality with a dedication to precision mechanics and producing the best optics the industry has to offer. From the moment Henri Cartier-Bresson picked up his first Leica I, Magnum photographers have pushed the limits of documentary photography, and in turn the limits of their Leica’s, with groundbreaking results.

In December 2010, Magnum and Leica, building on their shared history, agreed to collaborate on a series of projects that continue their longstanding dedication to independent documentary photography. Alfred Schopf, CEO Leica Camera AG, and Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen, President of Magnum Photos International Inc., signed the project agreement in Solms, Germany.

Beginning in the Spring of 2011, Leica will sponsor the creation of a series of independently produced multimedia essays by Magnum photographers that will take a deeper look into the stories behind the photographs. The work will highlight the personal journeys and insatiable curiosity of Magnum photographers.

Leica and Magnum will publish the stories online at www.Leica-camera.com, http://www.lfi-online.de, and www.magnumphotos.com.

Commenting on the agreement, Magnum President Jonas Bendiksen stated: "The purpose of Magnum and its member photographers is to continue our long-standing commitment to discovering, witnessing, and communicating visually the sentiments of mankind. With this new agreement, Leica is making an important statement in support of that shared responsibility."

Tailoring to the needs of professionals
In addition to supporting individual projects, Leica and Magnum will use the production of the new essays as an opportunity to learn from Magnum photographers’ experiences in the field with the latest Leica equipment. Magnum photographers’ input will contribute to Leica’s extensive ongoing user research efforts, with the shared goal of continuing to develop the Leica portfolio and tool-set to serve the needs of photographers world-wide.

Englishman George Rodger, another of Magnum's founding photographers, recalled how his colleague Robert Capa, the agency's dynamic leader, envisioned the photographers' role after World War II: "He recognized the unique quality of miniature cameras, so quick and so quiet to use, and also the unique qualities that we ourselves had acquired during several years of contact with all the emotional excesses that go hand in hand with war. He saw a future for us in this combination of mini cameras and maxi-minds."

Stephan Daniel, Leica’s head of product development says: "The cooperation between Magnum and Leica will help us to create even better tools for professional photographers, both by getting their feedback with actual equipment and by testing future products. Stressing a camera or a lens under harsh circumstances is a welcome and important addition to our internal test procedures, making our products even more perfect for the hard daily work of professionals."

Contacts:
For Magnum: Jonathan Roquemore, Brand Relations, Magnum Group L.L.C.
Jonathan@Magnumphotos.com +41.79.688.0179

For Leica: Andreas Dippel, Press and Public relations, Leica Camera AG
Andreas.Dippel@leica-camera.com +49.6442 208 403

Elliott Erwitt, Peter van Agtmael, and Alec Soth recognized by the International Center of Photography 2011 Infinity Awards

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is proud to announce the recipients of the 27th Annual Infinity Awards. Recognized around the world, the awards are widely respected as the leading honor for excellence in the field of photography. The 2011 honorees will be celebrated at a gala event on Tuesday, May 10, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.

"Infinity Award recipients are dedicated to exploring photography's cultural influence and how it opens new opportunities for communication and personal expression," states ICP Ehrenkranz Director Willis E. Hartshorn. "This year’s recipients capture the importance of how photography shapes our sense of history in an ever more image-conscious world. We are pleased to recognize their achievements."

Each year ICP acknowledges the work of those whose powerful images and words excite, engage, and enliven us. Since 1985, the annual ICP Infinity Awards recognize major contributions and emerging talent in the fields of photojournalism, art, fashion photography, publishing, and writing. More than 700 prominent individuals from the business, fashion, philanthropy, art, entertainment and photography worlds are present to celebrate the world’s leading photography professionals and demonstrate their commitment to creative expression and artistic achievement. The full range of ICP’s programs, including exhibitions, education, collections, and community outreach benefit from funds raised by the Infinity Awards.

THE 2011 RECIPIENTS
Lifetime Achievement: Elliott Erwitt
Cornell Capa Award: Ruth Gruber
ICP Trustees Award: The Durst Family
Young Photographer: Peter van Agtmael
Writing: Gerry Badger, The Pleasures of Good Photographs
Publication: Alec Soth, From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America
Art: Abelardo Morell
Photojournalism: Adrees Latif
Applied/Fashion/Advertising Photography: Viviane Sassen


Beginning May 20, 2011, the work of Erwitt and Gruber will also be featured in two major exhibitions at ICP.

Burn Magazine & The Magnum Cultural Foundation call for submission in the 2011 Emerging Photographer's Fund $15,000 award

Funding is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. This body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives. The primary intent is to support emerging photographers who will become the icons of tomorrow.

The Emerging Photographer Fund grant was initiated by David Alan Harvey in 2008, and is awarded by the Magnum Foundation, a non-profit created by the member photographers from Magnum Photos, Inc…Funding for the EPF has come from several private donors who have chosen to remain anonymous.

Some of the previous jurors have been: Carol Nagar, Martin Parr, Gilles Peress, Eugene Richards, Maggie Steber, Fred Ritchin, Bruce Gilden, David Griffin, John Gossage , Susan Meiselas, and James Nachtwey. For 2011 an equally astute set of jurors will be selected and announced before the deadline date.

The 2008 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to Sean Gallagher for his essay on the environmental Desertification of China.

The 2009 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to Alejandro Chaskielberg for his 8×10 format essay on the Parana River Delta.

The 2010 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to Davide Monteleone for his essay Northern Caucasus.

Deadline for entry is May 1, 2011

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Chien-Chi Chang and Magnum In Motion Selected for 2011 Anthropographia Award for Human Rights in the Category of Multimedia

The 2011 Anthropographia Award for Human Rights in the category of multimedia is Chien-Chi Chang/Magnum for his project “Escape from North Korea.” Chang’s “Escape from North Korea” similarly addresses migration but concentrates on the movement of people from North to South Korea via China, Laos, and Thailand. This journey can take anywhere from a few days to years and is fraught with danger and the specter of repatriation.

The exodus of North Korean defectors into China began in late 1990s after a severe famine that killed at least one million of its 23 million people. Once they cross the border to China, they’ll be in hiding and waiting to embark on an extremely secretive, dangerous escape route, known as Asia’s Underground Railroad from northern China all the way to Laos, crossing Mekong River, to Thailand and finally to South Korea. The unpredictable journey can take weeks, months or even years. If they are caught while escaping in China and Laos, they will be repatriated to Communist North Korea, facing severe labor camps or capital punishment. Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang traveled with the defectors to document the darkest journey in 2007 and 2008.

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Twelve Magnum books selected for PhotoEye's Best Books of 2010

PhotoEye chose 12 Magnum books by the following photographers as Best Books of 2010: Mark Power, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alec Soth ( 2 books), Carl De Keyser, Martin Parr, Alex Webb (with Rebecca Norris Webb), Bruce Davidson, Jean Gaumy, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Danny Lyon, and Raghu Rai.

For nearly two decades photo-eye has been selecting the best photography books of the year. In 2008, photo-eye decided to invite some of their favorite contemporary publishers, writers, photographers and photo professionals to assist us in this process. Their opinions reflect the diversity of the medium. This year's list of contributors offers up the aesthetic tastes of 27 contributors from Europe, the US, Japan and Mexico.

This year’s contributors are Alan Rapp, Alec Soth, Anne Kelly, Antone Dolezal, Bruno Ceschel, Alexa Becker, Colin Pantall, Elizabeth Avedon, Fabrice Wagner, George Slade, Hester Keijser, Joerg Colberg, John Gossage, Larissa Leclair, Laurence Vecten, Loring Knoblauch, Marco Delogu, Martin Parr, Melanie McWhorter, Michael Schmelling, Morten Andersen, Peter Sutherland, Ramón Reverté, Rinko Kawauchi, Timothy Prus & Ed Jones, Todd Hido and Willem van Zoetendaal.

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Jim Goldberg Shortlisted for Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize aims to reward a contemporary photographer of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution (exhibition or publication) to the medium of photography in Europe in the previous year.

The Prize was originally set up in 1996 by The Photographers' Gallery in London to promote the best of contemporary photography. Deutsche Börse has sponsored the £30,000 prize since 2005. The Prize showcases new talents and highlights the best of international photography practice. It is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of photography. The Photographers’ Gallery and Deutsche Börse were shortlisted for Arts & Business International Award 2008 for their cooperation in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

Jim Goldberg (born 1953, USA) is nominated for his exhibition Open See at The Photographers’ Gallery, London (16 October 2009 – 31 January 2010).

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Jean Gaumy awarded the 2010 Prix Nadar

Created by the Association “Gens d’Images” in 1955, the Nadar prize is a yearly award honoring the best book about contemporary or historical photography and published in France. It recognizes the year’s most successful photographic publications. The 2010 Jury led by Gaëlle Mauduit presented its selection on November 25. It chose the book “D’après Nature” printed in June 2010 and published by Xavier Barral with pictures by Jean Gaumy and text by René Daumal. This intimate look at the countryside through black and white pictures, at times nearly abstract, is the result of several years of solitary walks through the western Piémont mountains.

The 2010 Magnum Expression Award Recipient Announced

Magnum Photos in association with HP announced Mrs. Yvonne Venegas of Mexico, the recipient of the 2010 Expression Photography Award. Her photographic project entitled “Maria Elvia De Hank” illustrated a deep sensibility and insight into the realm of social privilege and gender in Mexico. Mrs. Venegas’ essay was chosen by the jury from photo essays submitted by photographers in over 150 countries worldwide.

The announcement was made in Brighton, England by Martin Parr within the context of The Brighton Photo Biennial in which he guest curated. http://www.bpb.org.uk/

 

Magnum Jury
Magnum photographers comprising the 2010 jury were: Martin Parr, Jim Goldberg, Trent Parke and Mark Power. Mr. Louis Kim continues to serve as a jury member representing Hewlett Packard.

Excerpt of Mrs. Venegas’ project statement:
‘Maria Elvia de Hank is a view into the life, family and environment of the wife of eccentric millionaire and former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rohn. This body of work focuses on Mexican privilege and gender, exploring how the woman of one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs of Mexico, builds with a perfectionist touch a social and beauty ideal, portrayed within the light and dust of Northern Mexico.’

Comments about Yvonne’s work on behalf of the jury by Martin Parr:
‘You could feel by looking at the photographs that Yvonne’s involvement was very relaxed and that she was able to document this unusual and wealthy family in Mexico with a great sense of rapport and intimacy. When we think of about Latin America, we often think about black and white great tradition from places like Mexico and it was very refreshing to see this very new perspective.’

Further information about Mrs. Venegas’ work can be found here: http://www.yvonnevenegas.com/

Mr. Rob Hornstra and Mr. Julian Roeder both received honorable mention awards from the jury.

 

2011 Award Program & Magnum Jury
Magnum photographers comprising the 2011 will be: Donovan Wylie, Chris Anderson, Antoine D’Agata and Bruce Gilden. Magnum Photos and HP announced the call for submissions to the 2011 award program. The 2011 Magnum Expression award aims to encourage photographers world-wide to share their projects which employ a documentary approach to the creation of their works. There are no limitations or boundaries for the subject-matter for submissions.

The judges will be looking for compelling photographic projects that reach beyond the surface-level and provide a fresh and engaging perspective to the photographers chosen subject-area.

2011 Program details
Participants will be able to submit their stories for the 2011 award at http://expression.magnumphotos.com The Magnum Expression Photography Award was established by Magnum Photos and HP with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring change through campaigns using photography as an expressive medium. Its mission is to discover and illuminate compelling documentary photography employed in innovative ways to affect social awareness and propel humanitarian compassion.

 

About the HP & Magnum Relationship
Magnum and HP were compelled to create this awards program based on the desire to illuminate and support both emerging and established photographers with vital resources. Through collaboration with Magnum’s multimedia team, feedback from jury members, and the donation of graphic arts resources, this program is unique.

Since 2005, Magnum Photos and Hewlett Packard have been engaged in a Printing and Technology relationship. As the outgrowth of previous collaborative efforts between Magnum and HP, this collaboration allows Magnum photographers to benefit from HP printers and technology while providing HP with invaluable feedback from the field.

As we approach the next phase of our partnership in 2011, we have an eye to the future possibilities afforded by HP's latest technical innovations. HP Indigo Digital Presses target smaller, more efficient runs of limited edition publications, while Scitex technology offers ultra wide-format printing for large-scale, site-specific installations. HP’s industry leading Server, Storage and PC computing platforms power Magnum’s extensive archive of documentary photography and video footage. Magnum’s visual records range from as early as the Spanish civil war up to current affairs and daily dispatches from Magnum photographers working in the field.

Partner Organizations:
Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books – reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them. Blurb’s generous support of the award will enable the chosen photographers to produce their work in book form and share their photography.

PhotoShelter is the leader in online portfolio display, e-commerce and archiving tools for photographers. PhotoShelter’s platform will provide participants to the competition a streamlined submission process and a free Personal Archive starter account. For more information, please visit the program website at: http://expression.magnumphotos.com

 

Finalist Announced for the Photographic Awards in Association with IdeasTap

In association with IdeasTap, the Photographic Award exhibition was held on September 30 at IdeasTap HQ. The three winners, pictured below with IdeasTap chairman Peter De Haan and judge Ian Berry, were chosen out of the nine finalists.

Three gifted young photographers have been awarded £2,500 to create their dream project after winning their respective categories of the IdeasTap Photographic Award in association with Magnum Photos.

The panel of judges, who selected the three winners from a shortlist of nine, included: Ian Berry, Award winning Magnum Photographer, Peter De Haan, IdeasTap Chief Executive, Adrian Mott, Photographer and Lecturer for the University of the Arts London and Sophie Wright, Cultural Director of Magnum Photos, London. The three category winners will go on to compete for an overall prize of an 8 week paid internship at Magnum Photos London, a week working in New York with the Magnum in Motion team and a cash prize of £5,000.

 

Three overall finalists from each catagory were selected (pictured above, respectively):

Pierfrancesco Celada won the Photojournalism category with his beautiful project, I Wish I Knew Your Name, which was photographed in the Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka megalopolis. See Pierfrancesco’s winning project.

In the Environmental strand, Stuart Matthews won with his touching photos of Bangladesh after Cyclone Aila hit, but Ed Thompson was also awarded a special prize for his photos of rescued battery hens. See Stuart Matthews’s winning project.

Max Downer won the Conceptual category with his epic landscapes of desolate man-made environments. See Max Downer’s winning project.

 

For more information visit the IdeasTap website

Olivia Arthur wins the Vic Odden Award from the Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic International Awards are offered annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and science of photography. The Society has adopted a wide definition of photography which refers to the art and science of the recording of light or other radiation on any medium on which an image is produced or from which any image may by any means be produced. This year's ceremony was held on 9 September at the Royal Society in London. The Vic Odden Award, recognising notable achievement by a British photographer aged 35 or under, was presented to Magnum nominee Olivia Arthur.

Chris Steele-Perkins' book England, My England is shortlisted for the British Book Design and Production Awards 2010

The Awards, brought to you by BPIF, Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association, are the premier recognition event for British book design and production. These awards showcase the superb quality of the British book design and production industry. Among the books selected for shortlist is Chris Steele-Perkins' England, My England from Northumbria Press. In his book, Chris Steele-Perkins presents a sweeping, unique record of what he thinks makes England truly English. From Sunday cricket matches to snoozes in a deckchair; intimate family portraits to carefree children at play; circus shows with performing bears to the wilder performers of a street carnival; and from Saturday night dancing to race riots. Each picture tells a story of time and place and many of the images collected will strike a chord or a memory in the viewer. These natural and authentic photographs are a personal selection of the best and most important of Chris's images that he has taken over 40 years of photographing in England. Some are drawn from books he has made on English themes, others from stories he has worked on, others from pictures of family and friends, from random events encountered. This book is an honest testament to this odd but magnificent country that is England, the England of the people.

The Awards will be presented at an event on Tuesday 5 October 2010 at the Lancaster London Hotel. It will be the event of the year for all those involved in the industry, bringing printers, designers and their clients together to celebrate the best of British book design and production work.

News from the 2010 Annual General Meeting

MAGNUM PHOTOS 63rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
New York, NY June 24-27, 2010

 

BACKGROUND
Magnum Photos recently held its 63rd Annual General Meeting in New York; an opportunity for the agency’s shareholder photographers to meet, discuss and vote on vital aspects of the business. New Membership is decided at the AGM, and the financial structure and future vision of Magnum is debated in depth and the past year’s performance is reviewed. This was an especially important year for Magnum and the meeting aimed to address the challenges of today’s media landscape.

 

MEMBERSHIP DECISIONS
Magnum Photos comprises of 60 photographers who take collective decisions to determine the future direction of the agency. Becoming a full Member of Magnum Photos is a long and arduous process which takes at least four years, with candidates evolving from the status of Nominee, to Associate, to Member and each evolution in status requiring a majority vote by the existing Members. After viewing several hundred candidate portfolios Magnum Photos is pleased to announce the following decisions:

MEMBER status was voted for: Christopher Anderson
ASSOCIATE status was voted for: Jacob Aue Sobol

NOMINEES
Dominic Nahr and Moises Saman became nominees.

OFFICERS
Magnum Photos elected Jonas Bendiksen President of Magnum Photos.

 

INGE MORATH AWARD
The Inge Morath Foundation and the The Magnum Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Inge Morath Award.

Each June, the winner of the Inge Morath Award is selected by the full membership of Magnum Photos during their annual meeting. This year, in recognition of exceptional quality of submissions received, the membership selected two applicants as winners of the Award, and voted a one-time doubling of the funds available so that both would receive a full grant of $5,000. The two winners are Lurdes R. Basoli of Spain, for her project "Caracas, The City of Lost Bullets," and Claire Martin of Australia, for her ongoing documentation of marginalized communities within prosperous nations.

Claire Martin began her career as a social worker, and turned to photography in 2007. Since her first body of work dealing with addiction and poverty, she has published extensively, and was recently selected as an "Emerging Talent" for Reportage by Getty Images. She resides in Perth, where she is a freelance photographer.

Lurdes Basoli has postgraduate degrees in Photojournalism and Digital Image from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, and she has published and exhibited internationally. Her project was recently presented at the Noorderlicht Photofestival in Holland. She lives and works in Barcelona.

 

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE CAUCAUS
The Magnum Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Young Photographer in the Caucasus Award. Karen Mirzoyan will receive $5,000 for his documentary photography project, Unrecognized, and will be presented with a statue by a Magnum Photographer at an awards ceremony held in Tbilisi, Georgia. Unrecognized will be projected at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France, and at an R.I.P. Arles-Tbilisi event in Tbilisi, Georgia. The winner was selected by a jury of Magnum photographers at this year's Annual General Meeting. No honorable mentions were selected for 2010.

Winners of the 2010 Inge Morath Award Annouced

The Inge Morath Foundation and the The Magnum Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Inge Morath Award.

Each June, the winner of the Inge Morath Award is selected by the full membership of Magnum Photos during their annual meeting. This year, in recognition of exceptional quality of submissions received, the membership selected two applicants as winners of the Award, and voted a one-time doubling of the funds available so that both would receive a full grant of $5,000. The two winners are Lurdes R. Basoli of Spain, for her project "Caracas, The City of Lost Bullets," and Claire Martin of Australia, for her ongoing documentation of marginalized communities within prosperous nations.

Claire Martin began her career as a social worker, and turned to photography in 2007. Since her first body of work dealing with addiction and poverty, she has published extensively, and was recently selected as an "Emerging Talent" for Reportage by Getty Images. She resides in Perth, where she is a freelance photographer. Lurdes Basoli has postgraduate degrees in Photojournalism and Digital Image from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, and she has published and exhibited internationally. Her project was recently presented at the Noorderlicht Photofestival in Holland. She lives and works in Barcelona.

The winners' submissions will be uploaded to the Inge Morath Foundation web site shortly.

Thanks to all who applied for the 2010 Award. The winner and finalists were selected by the attending members of Magnum Photos on June 27th, 2010 in New York, at the annual Magnum meeting. Submissions were prepared and presented by the Inge Morath Foundation, which also participated in the selection.

We were pleased to have had the opportunity to look at your photographs, and wish you the best for your future work. All applicants who meet the Award guidelines are encouraged to re-submit their work for consideration in 2011.

Burn Magazine & The Magnum Cultural Foundation select Davide Monteleone for the 2010 Emerging Photographer's Fund award

Davide Monteleone is the EPF’s 2010 Grant Recipient. The winning portfolio is now up on the Burn Magazine website. Davide will receive a $15,000 grant from Burn Magazine & the Magnum Cultural Foundation to continue working in the Northern Caucasus of the former Soviet Union.

The 13 EPF Finalists Preview has also been published with complete essays to be released on Burn in the coming weeks.

 

Burn Emerging Photographer Grant 2010 Jury included

Alessandra Sanguinetti
Michael “Nick” Nichols
Bruce Gilden

 

Burn Emerging Photographer Grant 2010 Finalists

Matteo Bastianelli
Michael Christopher Brown
Victor Cobo
James Dodd
Matt Eich
Dima Gavrysh
Jiwon Kim
Justin Maxon
Alexander Mendelevich
Davide Monteleone
Jukka Onnela
Emily Schiffer
Kate Stone

 

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Ferdinando Scianna wins the Premio Internazionale Alla Libertà

Società Libera has awarded Ferdinando Scianna the prestigious Premio Internazionale Alla Libertà for art. The award ceremony will be broadcast in Italy on RAI 2 on June 22, 2010.

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Christopher Anderson, Jim Goldberg and Carl de Keyzer awarded the Kassal Photobook Award

Christopher Anderson's book Capitolio, Jim Goldberg's book Open See, and Carl de Keyzer's books Congo (BELGE) and Congo Belge en Images have been awarded the International Photobook Award Kassel 2010.

International Photobook Award Kassel 2010 is presenting some of the best photobooks of the previous year that have been chosen by international experts. These authors, photographers, publicists, publishers, gallery owners, curators, specialist booksellers and collectors — all personalities with a special affinity for the subject matter — were invited by the Kasseler Fotoforum to nominate their favorite photobook of the previous year and to justify their choice with a personal statement. It was also a requirement that the nominators had no direct or indirect involvement in the development of the selected title. This award does not just choose one winning book, but as many books as there are nominators involved in the selection. This logic also permits multiple nominations, something that is possible for the first time this year. The individual viewpoints of the different experts on one and the same book are of special interest here. This publication contains all 24 nominations. The international selection shows how incredibly fascinating, expressive and lively photography can become inside a book. Especially successful photobooks merge excellent photographic narrative structure and drive with equally important external design elements, such as material, format and complexity. After viewing the nominated books, one wants to unreservedly agree with Jeffrey Ladd’s statement that photography works best in conjunction with the book format. The purpose of this award is to experience the photobook as an independent artistic medium.

Paolo Pellegrin wins 2010 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma.

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism announced the selection of winners of the 2010 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma.

This year’s winners are ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine for “The Deadly Choices at Memorial”

* Sheri Fink, reporter, ProPublica
* Paolo Pellegrin, photographer, Magnum Photos for The New York Times
* Stephen Engelberg, managing editor, ProPublica
* Susan White, senior editor, ProPublica
* Krista Kjellman Schmidt, web producer and deputy editor of news applications, ProPublica
* Ilena Silverman, story editor, The New York Times Magazine
* Aaron Retica, chief of research, The New York Times Magazine
* David Ferguson, researcher, The New York Times Magazine
* Charles Wilson, researcher, The New York Times Magazine

Published on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, this exceptional 13,000-word chronicle reveals what happened when the floodwaters rose, the generators failed, and the main hospital in New Orleans was cut off from the world. The piece depicts the deepening confusion that gripped doctors, nurses and hospital personnel as they waited for help to arrive and reconstructs the decisions that ended with injections of ill patients as helicopters came to rescue them. It also traces the moral and ethical ambiguities of the days that followed.

Judges described “The Deadly Choices at Memorial” as "stunningly haunting" and "both comprehensive and remarkably restrained." Calling the reporting challenges "mindboggling," judges also praised Fink, a medical doctor and journalist, for her depth of knowledge, persistence and commitment to tell the story from all sides and on every level.

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Magnum Foundation Announces the 2010 Young Photographer in the Caucasus Award

The Magnum Foundation established the Young Photographer in the Caucasus Award in 2009. The Award, with a $5000 first prize, recognizes outstanding documentary photography on a matter of social importance by a young photographer living in the Caucasus region.

The Award program is open to all photographers born after June 1, 1975, living in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Republics of the North Caucasus in the Russian Federation (Daghestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, North-Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karatshaevo-Tsherkessia, and Adigey Republic) and the Russian Federation regions of Stavropol Krai and Krasnodar. Existing United Nations standards on nationality and borders will be utilized for purposes of determining eligibility. Photographers affiliated with the Magnum Foundation or Magnum Photos and their immediate families are not eligible to participate.

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Magnum Photos & IdeasTap are pleased to announce the IdeasTap Photographic Award 2010

Working in association with Magnum Photos, IdeasTap has created a new and groundbreaking competition which gives young people (aged between 16-25) the opportunity to create and develop a photographic essay under the guidance of experienced practitioners.

The theme of the project is ‘Beyond 2012’ and applicants will be directed to take a series of photographs that show a vision of the future after the 2012 Olympic Games.

There are three categories:
Photojournalism
Environmental Photography
Conceptual Art

To enter, applicants will choose a category and submit five photographs using the theme ‘Beyond 2012’. An accompanying statement of intent will outline how these images will then be used to produce a multi-media essay (photographs that are combined with moving image, words, sound and film).

Find out more and enter the competition at www.IdeasTap.com

Prizes
A shortlist of entrants will receive mentoring and professional training to help them enhance their projects, with their photographs printed, framed and exhibited by IdeasTap. They will also receive a published book featuring their work (entrants will need to be available between July and September).

Category winners will be given a budget of £2,500 each to create a dream multi-media photographic essay.

An overall winner will receive a paid eight week internship at Magnum Photos (London), a week in New York to work with the Magnum in Motion team to have their essay professionally produced and a cash fund of £5,000. Magnum In Motion is the multimedia digital studio of Magnum Photos. In Motion assembles visual narratives for online and offline platforms, including screenings in museums, festivals, and workshops. www.magnuminmotion.com

IdeasTap Chief Executive Peter De Haan says… “We’re very excited to be working with Magnum Photos to create our latest exclusive opportunity. The IdeasTap website is all about opportunity. We want to reward talent and innovation and we believe the professional training, mentoring and incredible prizes on offer in this Award will equip a young photographer with the skills and experience to progress their career.”

Sophie Wright, Cultural & Print Room Director at Magnum Photos London says… “Magnum Photos is delighted to be partnering with IdeasTap to create this new photography award. Magnum’s educational programme is an increasingly important part of the agency’s activities, and this venture enables us to support the next generation of photographers.

Sign up for free and apply online at www.ideastap.com from mid May 2010.



IdeasTap was launched in December 2008 and is an online creative network set up to encourage new ideas, projects and ways of working between young people and organisations. The website provides a platform for young creative people to connect, and offers expert advice and an online portfolio to showcase new work.

Membership currently stands at over 24,000 young creative practitioners. IdeasTap is partnered with Old Vic New Voices and the National Youth Theatre. As well as running many successful projects with Old Vic New Voices and National Youth Theatre, IdeasTap has also worked with partners including BBC London, Royal Shakespeare Company and Open Up Now to bring unique industry opportunities to its members.

A new, improved version of the site will launch on the 10th of May 2010. This will include a complete redesign, improved networking functionality, unique user URLs and reworked portfolios.

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Paolo Pellegrin and Eve Arnold honored at the 2010 Sony World Photography Awards

Paolo Pellegrin has won first prize for Arts and Entertainment in the Photojournalism category with his work for the NY Times, Great Performers.

Eve Arnold was celebrated at the final presentation of the evening. Eve’s 50 year career has captured some of history’s most memorable figures from Malcolm X to Marilyn Monroe. A retrospective of Eve’s work, curated by Zelda Cheatle, is currently on display in Cannes as part of the World Photography Festival.

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Scholarships awarded for the 2010 New York University/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program.

The Magnum Foundation is pleased to announce that three scholarships have been awarded for the 2010 New York University/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program.

The winners of the 2010 NYU/Magnum Foundation scholarships were carefully selected by Susan Meiselas, President of the Magnum Foundation; Fred Ritchin, Acting Chair Professor at NYU’s Department of Photography and Imaging; and Peter Lucas & Catherine Fallon, both Adjunct Professors at NYU’s Department of Photography & Imaging. All four Jurors will be teaching a course in the program this summer.

Julius Mwelu Manyasi, age 26 from Kenya, Chi Yin Sim, age 32 from Singapore, and Taslima Akhter, age 36 from Bangladesh were selected to participate in the six-­‐week Photography and Human Rights program at NYU, followed by a four-­‐week internship at a related organization. Taslima will complete her internship in London with Magnum Photos, UK. The three Scholarship recipients displayed a keen awareness of the Human Rights issues surrounding them and a remarkable propensity towards documenting these issues with skill and vision.

For more information about the Photography and Human Rights Course, please visit the following site: http://specialprograms.tisch.nyu.edu/object/photomagnum.html

Emerging Photographer's Fund for 2010 Announced

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 1st

Submissions are now being accepted for a grant of $15,000.

Funding is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. This body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives.

The Emerging Photographer Fund grant was initiated by David Alan Harvey in 2008, and is awarded by the Magnum Foundation, a non-profit created by the member photographers from Magnum Photos, Inc. Funding for the EPF has come from several private donors who have chosen to remain anonymous.

The EPF Jury for 2009 was: Martin Parr, Gilles Peress, Eugene Richards, Carol Nagar, Fred Ritchin, Maggie Steber, David Griffin, John Gossage and James Nachtwey.

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Magnum is pleased to announce a landmark partnership for its historic archive collection.

New York, NY, February 2nd , 2010 -- Magnum Photos, Inc., MSD Capital, L.P. and the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin today jointly announced a landmark partnership under which the Magnum New York Print Archive Collection, which contains nearly 200,000 original press prints of images taken by world-renowned Magnum photographers, will be preserved, cataloged and made accessible by the Ransom Center. The Collection will reside at the Ransom Center pursuant to an agreement with its new owner, an affiliate of MSD Capital, which recently acquired the prints from Magnum Photos in New York.

Magnum Photos, an agency founded, owned and cooperatively managed by its member photographers, has been a standard of photographic excellence and innovation over the past 60-plus years. The vintage prints in the Collection have been amassed since the 1930s and include images of major world events, celebrities, family life, poverty, religion and social affairs by Magnum photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt, Leonard Freed, Bruce Davidson, Rene Burri, Eve Arnold, Dennis Stock and more than 80 others.

Images of icons from Picasso to Marilyn Monroe, from Sinatra to Gandhi, and from Castro to a young Queen Elizabeth coexist in the Collection with depictions of international conflicts, political unrest and cultural strife. Included are famous photos from the Spanish Civil War, the D-Day landings and the Six-Day War, as well as unforgettable scenes of historic events: the rise of democracy in India, Afghanistan and Iraq; the U.S. Civil Rights movement; the Rwandan genocide; and much more.

The Collection will be preserved and cataloged by the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, whose photography collection holds the world’s first photograph, and has substantial holdings in fine arts and photojournalism. The Ransom Center will promote the Collection through scholarly research, fellowships, lectures and exhibitions. The Center will also host visits and programs with Magnum photographers.

Managing Director Mark Lubell of Magnum Photos New York said: "MSD Capital is an ideal partner, with a deep appreciation of and commitment to this unparalleled collection of photographic prints. Housing the collection at the Ransom Center not only allows this archive to be studied by photographers but also helps satisfy the huge interest in it among historians, anthropologists, curators, journalists and the public at large. Through this arrangement, we are able to acknowledge, celebrate and preserve Magnum’s historic past, and continue to be industry innovators by developing new platforms to distribute our future work."

MSD Capital, the private investment firm of Michael S. Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Inc., purchased from Magnum Photos the physical press prints, which include many of these photographers’ most iconic images. Magnum’s member photographers will retain the copyright and licensing rights to all of the images in the Collection.

“This is a singularly valuable collection in the history of photography,” said Thomas F. Staley, Director of the Ransom Center. "It brings together some of the finest photojournalists of the profession and spans more than a half century of contributions to the medium. We are delighted to make these remarkable materials accessible to researchers and students."

John C. Phelan, Co-Managing Partner of MSD Capital, said: "We immediately recognized the unique opportunity to own this extraordinary collection of prints by the world’s finest photojournalists. The images contained within the Collection capture the events and spirit of the 20th century in a way that only Magnum photojournalists can."

Glenn R. Fuhrman, Co-Managing Partner of MSD Capital, added: "The Magnum Collection is an irreplaceable trove of American and world history. Given the technical changes that have taken place in the world of photography, including the digitization of images, a collection of prints like these will never exist again."

Michael Dell commented, "I am so pleased to be able to entrust this significant body of work to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas for research, study and exhibition. The Ransom Center has a well-known record of excellence and is ideally suited to manage the archiving and study of such a substantial and important collection. Having this incredible collection in Austin is especially exciting to me."

For all inquiries and press images please contact:

Jonathan Roquemore
Brand and External Relations
Magnum Photos International
jonathan@magnumphotos.com

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The Magnum Foundation and NYU offer new courses in Photography and Human Rights.

This summer the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Magnum Foundation will offer a suite of four courses in Photography and Human Rights. The courses are designed to explore strategies to create effective documentary projects in pursuit of human rights.

This 6-week program is made up of 4 intensive evening courses, intended for intermediate and advanced students, including experienced professionals, who seek to hone their documentary and media skills in the context of human rights. The assumption is that all students will be relatively fluent with the use of a camera to produce photographs but will benefit from work on developing a visual essay for both conventional and digital media, using video, sound and interactive techniques to enhance the power of the imagery. A major emphasis of the program will be on the relevance of human rights law to the documentary work, and strategizing projects that aid in the attainment of such basic rights. Guest lecturers for the program will include many documentary photographers, editors, and critics.

For more information: The Magnum Foundation website

The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation announce the seventh annual Inge Morath Award

The annual prize of $5,000 is awarded by the Magnum Foundation to a female documentary photographer under the age of 30, to support the completion of a long-term project. One award winner and up to two finalists are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers.

Inge Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum Photos for nearly fifty years. After her death in 2002, the Inge Morath Foundation was established to manage Morath's estate and facilitate the study and appreciation of her contribution to photography.

Because Morath devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, her colleagues at Magnum Photos established the Inge Morath Award in her honor. The Award is now given by the Magnum Foundation as part of its mission of supporting new generations of socially-conscious documentary photographers, and is administered by the Magnum Foundation in collaboration with the Inge Morath Foundation.

Past winners of the Inge Morath Award include: Emily Schiffer (US, '09) for Cheyenne River; Kathryn Cook (US, '08) for Memory Denied: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide; Olivia Arthur (UK, '07) for The Middle Distance; Jessica Dimmock (US, '06) for The Ninth Floor; Mimi Chakarova (US, '06) for Sex Trafficking in Eastern Europe; Claudia Guadarrama (MX, '05) for Before the Limit; and Ami Vitale (US, '02), for Kashmir.

For more information:
>www.magnumfoundation.org
>www.ingemorath.org

Magnum Photographers selected for Best Books of 2009 by PhotoEye

» Jim Golberg for 'Open See'
» Peter van Agtmael for '2nd Tour, Hope I Don't Die'
» Lester B. Morrison (aka Alec Soth) for 'Lost Boy Mountain'
» Magnum Photos for 'Georgian Spring'
» Christopher Anderson for 'Capitolio'
» Martin Parr for 'Playas'
» Alec Soth for 'Last Days of W'
» Danny Lyon for 'Memories of Myself'
» Martin Parr for 'The Last Resort'
» Antoine D'Agata for 'Agonie'

 

Open See by Jim Goldberg: After having won the Fotofestival di Roma's International Gold Medal Book Prize, Jim Goldberg's latest book 'Open See' was selected as one of the Best Books of 2009 by photo-eye. Open See began four years ago as a Magnum commission for the Greek Olympiad in the summer of 2004. This project tells of the journeys of refugee and immigrant populations who travel from war torn and economically devastated countries, often leaving AIDS ravaged communities or totalitarian regimes to make new homes in Europe. Despite facing seemingly insurmountable difficulties, dreams of freedom and an indomitable will to survive are continual threads that tether migrants and refugees to their history and drive them forward toward a new life. Despite the harsh realities they endure, their stories are replete with hope and heroism.

2nd Tour, Hope I Don't Die by Peter van Agtmael: Peter van Agtmael's book '2nd Tour Hope I Don’t Die' is a deeply affecting look at the reality of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006-2008. Through Peter van Agtmael's lens, a delicate humanity emerges amid the chaos and brutality of combat.As an embedded photographer, van Agtmael follows the great sweep of the war with his camera – from graphic casualties, medical evacuations, and the aftermath of suicide bombings to moving portraits of young soldiers and their families recuperating, mourning, and surviving the harrowing consequences of war. Throughout, van Agtmael's diacritic narrative provides context for the horrors he witnessed, while often revealing the dark, inevitable ironies that occur in an environment where the necessities of daily life are forced to intersect with unspeakable violence and death. By turns gritty, haunting, and deeply moving, the book is a document of loss – and a cogent reminder of the costs of war.

Georgian Spring by Magnum Photographers: In 2009 Magnum Photogrpahers Antoine d'Agata, Jonas Bendiksen, Thomas Dworzak, Martine Franck, Alex Majoli, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Mark Power and Alec Soth were invited by Georgia’s Ministry of Culture to describe the country, each pursuing their own theme and working in their own way, chronicling their journey in words as well as pictures. The resulting book, Georgian Spring, has been honored by photo-eye as one of the best books of 2009. Georgian Spring is the travel journal of these ten Magnum photographers who visited Georgia during spring 2009. A 20-page chapter is devoted to each photographer’s work. The book also features a foreword by Dworzak, Magnum’s Tbilisi-based photographer; a timeline of Georgia’s history; an essay by Wendell Steavenson – who vividly renews her acquaintance with the country that she came to know while living there during the 1990s; and a chapter featuring the best of Magnum’s archive of photographs of Georgia – including Robert Capa’s 1947 photo-essay, made while visiting the Soviet Union with John Steinbeck. The book opens and closes with a series of postcards showing some of the country’s iconic attractions, old and new, chosen with Georgia’s President Mikhiel Saakashvili and Minister of Culture, Nicholas Rurua.

Capitolio by Christopher Anderson: Christopher Anderson's 'Capitolio', also selected by photo-eye, bears little resemblance to the scenic niceties one can find online, and indeed is not a place readily encapsulated by Google and Wikipedia. Anderson's photographs will destabilize you, as they resist overt description and consistently favor implication over explication. The graphic layout of the book reinforces the resistance to simple closure, with full-page bleeds, heavily inked and shadowy duotones, and images butted up against each other to link one perspective to others entirely separate in real space.

Best Photobooks of 2009 by photo-eye continues where they left off last year, they expanded this photo-eye tradition to include top 10 photobook lists from a group of prominent photographers, bookmakers, editors, publishers and critics.

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Magnum Print Room London Announces Extended Opening Hours

The Magnum Print Room, London is delighted to announce an extension to its current gallery opening hours. From the 5th December 2009, the Print Room will now be open during exhibition periods on Saturdays from 10.00am until 1.00pm, in addition to its current opening hours of Wednesday to Friday, 11.00am until 4.30pm and our late night openings on the first Thursday of every month (in association with First Thursdays.) As well as our wide selection of fine photographs, a variety of Magnum photographer books and other material will now be available to purchase from the Print Room.

Political Landscapes by Magnum photographers opens at the Magnum Print Room on Wednesday 2nd December 2009 and runs until Friday 5th February 2010.

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Alex Webb Wins the “Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas”

Alex Webb started his education in photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, completing his academic degree with History studies at the same university. His professional career began as a reporter. For many years, he worked for prestigious magazines such as Life, Geo and New York Times Magazine, and in 1976 he joined the prestigious agency Magnum Photos as an associate member, becoming a full member in 1979. He was elected President of the agency this past summer.

The Council of Alcobendas has awarded a prize for Alex Webb’s work, recognizing the highly humanistic and technical quality of his photographs, which show a "lyric and realistic" sense of childhood and an overall sense of being human. The winning photograph (on the left) is "Mexico. Oaxaca state. Tehuantepec. 1985. Children playing in a courtyard."

The Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas comes with 10.000 Euro, and the prizewinner must be a documentary photographer who illustrates the rights of childhood throughout his career. The work must encourage reflection on the different and fascinating questions that characterize the global situation of children.

The jury was composed by Lola Garrido, collector and independent curator; Pepe Font de Mora, director of the Foundation Foto Colectania; Carlos Perz Siquier, photographer, Natinal Prize of Photography 2003; Jose Maria Diaz-Maroto, photographer and curator of the Alcobendas’s Collection; and Eva Tomo, Culture and Childhood City Councilor of Alcobendas.

Alex Webb will receive the prize on November, 19th, 2009 at 7pm in the Cultural Center Pablo Iglesias, from the Major of Alcobendas, Ignacio Garcia de Vinuesa.

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Magnum Expression Award Recipient Announced

Magnum Photos in association with HP announced Ms. Bieke Depoorter of Belgium, the recipient of the first annual Expression Photography Award. Her photographic project entitled "Oe Mania" or "With me" illustrated a deep sensibility and insight into the intimate dimensions of family. Ms. Depoorter’s essay was chosen by the jury from more than 2000 photo essays submitted by photographers in over 170 countries worldwide.

Bieke Depoorter was born in Belgium in 1986. She received both her BA and MA in photography from Kask Ghent, Belgium. She has exhibited her work throughout Belgium and the Netherlands and has had work published in De standard, Digifotopro, Digipro, and GUP. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Legaat franciscus pycke award and was nominated for the Hourlait Dapsans and Photo Academy awards.

Artist’s Statement
For three one-month intervals, I let the Trans-Siberian train guide me alongside forgotten villages, from living room to living room. Accidental encounters led me to places where I could sleep. Some Russian words, scribbled on a little piece of paper I carried with me, allowed me to communicate with the people I met. One night, I was welcomed and absorbed into one family’s warm chaos. For the Russian family, the living room is the epicenter of life, an intimate point of contact for the inhabitants. In this room, they sleep, eat, drink, and cry. For a brief moment, I was part of this. Their couch became my bed for one night. I experienced transient, but very powerful, shared moments. We communicated without words, and somehow we understood each other.

The first picture of my series shows the small paper I carried with me. A person I met in Moscow wrote this for me on the first day of my journey. The translation is:

 

"I am looking for a place to spend the night. Do you know people who would have a bed, or a couch? I don’t need anything in particular, and I have a sleeping-bag. I prefer not to stay in a hotel, because I don’t have a lot of money and because I want to see the way people live in Russia. Could I stay at your place, perhaps? Thank you very much for your help!"

 

I am really intrigued by the fact that you can have intimate contact with people you don’t know, even without language. In one night I became very close to them. I became a member of their family, without saying one Russian word.

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Magnum Jury
Magnum photographers comprising the 2009 jury were: Alec Soth, Jonas Bendiksen, Paolo Pellegrin, and Susan Meiselas.

Judges statements:

"I was blown away by the quantity of high-quality, professional submissions. The process of determining the finalists was tricky. But in each case, it meant looking for work that went beyond being professional. Over time, certain projects simply bubble to the top and feel inevitable. Bieke's work emphasized the raw experience of moving through the world with open eyes."
"There is no formula for great work. Consistency and technical refinement are an asset, but the best projects separate themselves in subtle ways that are very hard to measure." Alec Soth / Magnum Photos

"In the essays, I looked for a few things - a novel concept, thematic unity, technical execution, sublimity, and emotional impact, with emphasis on the last two."
"Bieke's work had that sublime quality, particularly evoking a sense of intimacy, through seemingly discordant images. Many of the shots were indoors, in families' homes, yet I didn't feel I was an unwelcome observer. I still remember many of her images. The 'note' was a pivotal concept, without it, the images might have felt more intrusive." Mr. Louis Kim, HP Large-Format Printing Director

 

About the HP & Magnum Relationship

Magnum and HP were compelled to create this awards program based on the desire to illuminate and support both emerging and established photographers with vital resources. Through collaboration with Magnum’s multimedia team, feedback from jury members, and the donation of graphic arts resources, this program is unique.

Since 2005, Magnum Photos and Hewlett Packard have been engaged in a Printing and Technology relationship. As the outgrowth of previous collaborative efforts between Magnum and HP, this collaboration allows Magnum photographers to benefit from HP printers and technology while providing HP with invaluable feedback from the field.

Partner Organizations:

Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books – reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them. Blurb’s generous support of the award will enable the chosen photographers to produce their work in book form and share their photography. PhotoShelter is the leader in online portfolio display, e-commerce and archiving tools for photographers. PhotoShelter’s platform will provide participants to the competition a streamlined submission process and a free Personal Archive starter account.

Burn Magazine wins Lucie Award for Photography Magazine of the Year

On Monday October 19th, Burn Magazine was honored at the annual Lucie Awards with the award for Photography Magazine of the Year, the first time the award has gone to an online magazine in the history of the Lucie Awards.

Burn Magazine, an online magazine curated by David Alan Harvey, is an evolving journal for emerging photographers. The intent of Burn is to provide a platform for emerging photographers both online and in print. Burn is born from an educational imperative and to bring strong photographic essays and powerful text to not only photographers, but to anyone fascinated by a visual and literary interpretation of our complex planet. Interpretations may be either journalistic in nature or esoteric subjective pieces. Burn was launched as an online magazine/journal on December 21, 2008 as a spinoff of Harvey's blog “Road Trips” which he started in December of 2006.

Read David Alan Harvey's interview with PDN

 

Christopher Anderson and Chris Steele-Perkins Shortlisted for Prix Pictet

The 2009 Prix Pictet shortlist was announced at a special evening screening in Arles on 9 July. The screening was part of the opening events of the 40th Les Rencontres d’Arles festival. A capacity audience, of over 2,500 people, watched as the portfolios of the twelve shortlisted artists appeared before them, one after the other, on the giant screen that had been erected at the heart of Arles’ Théâtre Antique. And when it was done their cheers echoed through the warm Provençal night.

What they saw was a stunning collection of images by twelve photographers, from nine different countries. The list included some of the world’s leading artists together with some comparative newcomers. Each of them had produced outstandingly powerful work on ‘Earth’ - the theme of this years' award.

The shortlist was selected from what the Chairman of the Jury, Francis Hodgson, described as an ‘exceptional’ submission of over 300 international candidates. The shortlisted artists will now prepare for an exhibition at Passage de Retz, Paris, where the winner of this year's CHF 100,000 Prix Pictet will be announced by Kofi Annan on 22 October 2009. A further award, in the form of a commission for one of the shortlisted photographers to visit a region where Pictet & Cie are currently supporting a sustainability project, will be announced at the same time.

The shortlisted artists include:

Christopher Anderson, Canada
Chris Steele-Perkins, UK

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Susan Meiselass book In History receives the 2009 Rencontres d’Arles Historical Book Award

Susan Meiselas: In History (ICP/Steidl 2008) has received the 2009 Rencontres d’Arles Historical Book Award. This prestigious award is given to the best thematic or monographic documentary work about photography or a photographer. Published in conjunction with the major exhibition at the International Center of Photography, the catalogue is the first compendium of Meiselas’s work. Edited by ICP curator Kristen Lubben, the book contains both celebrated and unpublished bodies of images and features texts by Lubben, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, David Levi Strauss, Lucy Lippard, Edmundo Desnoes, Diana Taylor, Elizabeth Edwards, Caroline Brothers, and Allan Sekula.

Best known for her work covering the political upheavals in Central America in the 1970s and ’80s, Susan Meiselas’s process has evolved in radical and challenging ways as she has grappled with pivotal questions about her relationship to her subjects, the use and circulation of her images in the media, and the relationship of images to history and memory. Her insistent engagement with these concerns has positioned her as a leading voice in the debate over the function and practice of contemporary documentary photography.

The exhibition and its catalogue are structured around three key projects, presented in their complete form, which exemplify the evolution of Meiselas’s process and approach: photographs and audio of New England carnival strippers (1972–76); photographs, films, and public installations from Nicaragua (1978–2004); and photographs and collected archival objects and video from Kurdistan (1991–present). Since the 1970s, questions of ethics raised by documentary practice have been central to debates in photography. Perhaps no other photographer has so closely and consistently represented and participated in these debates than Susan Meiselas.

The ICP/Steidl partnership, established in 2003 has produced more than two dozen books. Many have received major awards: the Deutsche Börse prize for best photo book of the year for Atta Kim: On Air; the award for best international photography book of the year at Photo Espagna for Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography; and the New England Historical Society best book of the year award for Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth and Hawes. All photographic content for the ICP/Steidl titles is drawn from ICP’s exhibitions, extensive collections, educational programs, and collaborations with artists and other museums.

Mikhael Subotzky wins prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2009

The first prize in this year’s highly prestigious photographic competition, the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2009’, goes to the 28-year-old photographer Mikhael Subotzky from South Africa. His prize-winning portfolio, under the title of ‘Beaufort West’, shows scenes from the South African town of the same name.

Beaufort West is a town in South Africa with a population of 37,000. As a town, it has little to offer its residents: its chief attractions are the main road and its neighbouring municipal jail. This is amply documented in the images captured by Mikhael Subotzky. His core theme is the above-mentioned road, the N1 national road, a main route connecting Johannesburg and Cape Town. This road, or, more aptly, highway runs through Beaufort West for several kilometres and brings the residents over a million visitors in transit every year. For many of the residents, the road is not simply the most important, but also their only connection to the outside world. In addition, the busy through traffic contributes significantly to the income of the predominantly unemployed population of the community. Because, in the evening hours, many residents line the sides of the road to peddle their wares to travellers: food, refreshments, petrol and accommodation. At the same time, prostitution also plays a considerable role.

In his images, Mikhael Subotzky shows various street scenarios and captures the essence of each: people living on a refuse tip, a hospital with terminally ill patients, young prostitutes selling themselves to help eke out an existence for their families. Light-hearted and happy scenes – for instance, showing the visitors to an agricultural show – are few and far between in this portfolio. The photographer lingered a little longer at the local municipal jail. Its inmates are predominantly residents of Beaufort West who, after prolonged unemployment, have turned to crime and attacked and robbed their families and neighbours. Nothing remains for them – except the never-ending roar of the highway heard over the prison walls.

Magnum Photos 62nd Annual General Meeting, London 24-28 June 2009

BACKGROUND Magnum Photos recently held its 62nd Annual General Meeting in London; an opportunity for the agency’s shareholder photographers to meet and discuss various aspects of the business. The objectives of the AGM are twofold; firstly the members review new candidates for Nomineeship (the first stage of full membership) and secondly the agency’s finances and performance is reviewed.

MEMBERSHIP DECISIONS Magnum Photos comprises of 60 photographers who take collective decisions to determine the future direction of the agency. Becoming a full Member of Magnum Photos is a long and arduous process which takes at least four years, with candidates evolving from the status of Nominee, to Associate, to Member and each evolution in status requiring a majority vote by the existing Members. After viewing over 200 candidate portfolios, organised under the Presidency of Stuart Franklin, Magnum Photos is pleased to announce the following decisions:

MEMBER status was voted for: Cristina Garcia Rodero
ASSOCIATE status was voted for: Alessandra Sanguinetti, Mikhael Subotzky

No new NOMINEES were announced.

OFFICERS
Magnum Photos elected the 2009/2010 Magnum Photos Board, to comprise the following members:

President: Alex Webb
VP Paris: Martine Franck
VP London: Mark Power
VP New York: Bruce Gilden
VP Tokyo: Hiroji Kubota

VP Archives: Jonas Bendiksen
VP Editorial: Paolo Pellegrin
VP Education: Chien-Chi Chang
VP Finance: Chris Steele-Perkins
VP Foundation: Susan Meiselas
VP Internet: Gilles Peress
Board member at large: Richard Kalvar

INGE MORATH AWARD
This prize of $5000 is awarded annually to a female documentary photographer under the age of 30, in memory of the late Magnum photographer Inge Morath.
The 2009 winner is Emily Schiffer (USA) for her project “Cheyenne River.” Emily is the founder of a photography program for youths on Cheyene River Reservation in South Dakota, and the Award is given to continue her work with Native American children. Her images can be viewed at: www.emilyschiffer.com.
The runner up is Jenn Ackerman (USA) for her project "Trapped: Mental Illness in America's Prisons." Ackerman’s photographs may be viewed at www.jennackerman.com.

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE CAUCAUS
The Magnum Foundation was pleased to announce the ‘2009 Young Photographer in the Caucasus Award’. The Award was given in recognition of an outstanding documentary photography project on a matter of social importance by a young photographer (born after June 1975) living in the Caucasus region. The $5000 prize will be presented by a leading Magnum member at an award ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia on 19th September 2009. The 2009 winner is Rena Effendi of Azerbaijan, born 1977. www.refendi.com The runners up are Daro Sulakauri of Georgia (born 1985) and Karen Mirzoyan of Armenia (born 1981).

EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER AWARD
An award of $10,000 is given to an emerging photographer whose work is on the highest level. Funding is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project, as a journalistic mission or a purely personal artistic imperative.
The Emerging Photographer Fund grant was initiated by David Alan Harvey in 2008, and is awarded by the Magnum Foundation, a non-profit created by the member photographers of Magnum Photos, Inc. Funding for the EPF has come from several private donors who have chosen to remain anonymous.
The recipient of the Emerging Photographer Grant 2009 is Alejandro Chaskielberg, with his project entitled The High Tide.
His work can be seen here: www.chaskielberg.com

 

Jim Goldberg wins Fotofestival di Roma's International Gold Medal Book Prize for upcoming book, 'Open See'

Photo-Eye Book Division Manager Melanie McWhorter lead the jury of Benedetta Cestelli Guidi, Marta Daho, Erik Kessels, and Michele Smargiassi judging over 180 books in the second Italian and first International book award of Fotofestival di Roma. The International Gold Medal Award was given to Steidl's upcoming titled by Jim Goldberg Open See.

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The Magnum Foundation Announces "Young Photographer in the Caucasus Award"

The Magnum Foundation is pleased to announce it is now accepting submissions for the 2009 Young Photographer in the Caucasus Award. The Award, with a $5000 first prize, recognizes outstanding documentary photography on a matter of social importance by a young photographer living in the Caucasus region. Full eligibility and submission requirements are listed below.

Eligibility
The Award program is open to all photographers born after June 1, 1975, living in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Republics of the North Caucasus in the Russian Federation (Daghestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, North-Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karatshaevo-Tsherkessia, and Adigey Republic) and the Russian Federation regions of Stavropol Krai and Krasnodar. Existing United Nations standards on nationality and borders will be utilized for purposes of determining eligibility. Photographers affiliated with the Magnum Foundation or Magnum Photos and their immediate families are not eligible to participate.

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Susan Meiselas wins the Krasna Kraus And/Or book award for 'In History'

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has announced that the book Susan Meiselas: In History, edited by Associate Curator at ICP Kristen Lubben and published by ICP/Steidl, has won the 2009 And/Or Photography Book Award. The And/Or Awards are the United Kingdom's leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image.

Susan Meiselas: In History is an in-depth look at Susan Meiselas' esteemed career in socially engaged documentary photography. An American photographer best known for her work covering the political upheavals in Central America in the 1970s and '80s, Meiselas's process has evolved in radical and challenging ways as she has grappled with pivotal questions about her relationship to her subjects, the use and circulation of her images in the media, and the relationship of images to history and memory. Her insistent engagement with these concerns has positioned her as a leading voice in the debate on contemporary documentary practice.

Mikhael Subotzky wins the 2009 Lou Stoumen Prize

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in Balboa Park is pleased announce Mikhael Subotzky as the winner of the 2009 Lou Stoumen Prize. One of the most prestigious and highly acclaimed awards in photography, the Stoumen Prize includes one of the largest cash rewards available to photographers. Subotzky, known for his intimate and in-depth study of the South African prison system, will be featured along with all past Prize winners in Lou Stoumen: The Legacy on view at MoPA, February 7 – May 10, 2009.

In 1991, photographer/filmmaker Lou Stoumen established an endowed gift with the Museum of Photographic Arts to be given through the Museum to a mid-career photographer whose work related in spirit to his own humanistic style of photography. The prize was designated by Stoumen to be large enough to make a substantial difference in an artist's life and work. To date, the Lou Stoumen Award has been presented to Debbie Fleming Caffery (1996), Kenro Izu (1999), James Nachtwey (2002), and Gary Schneider (2006).

A panel of photography experts from around the world nominates artists for the award. Final selection was made by the chairman to the award, Arthur Ollman, previous Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts. The 2009 recipient, Mikhael Subotzky received widespread acclaim for his 2004 project The Four Corners, an in-depth study of the South African prison system. "A viewer is able to begin to understand the conditions endured by these people, the lack of privacy, and the constant crush of this harsh and overpopulated environment," says Ollman. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Magnum photographer, Subotzky has extended his work on crime and incarceration to include photographic workshops with prisoners and a new series on ex-prisoners entitled The Outside. "There he identifies that not all is misery in this neighborhood. His subjects endure the brutality of their lives but still retain dignity and a sense of presence that communicates right through the lens and paper going directly into our bloodstream." He was the winner of numerous international awards, and is in the collections of major museums around the world.

"There is so much intimacy in this work. He has invoked the trust of people who might have little reason to be open to an outsider," says Ollman. "His images are reportage, but also much more. In the prisons and in small cramped spaces he identifies the pressing density of people who cannot afford the luxury of protective space around them. The images also indicate that one can't be alone with one's thoughts, denying any reformation of character, no opportunity to reflect on anything but the insistent present."

The new prize will be awarded at MoPA's Exhibition Opening Reception on February 6, 2009. Subotzky hopes "to be able to contribute to the photographic legacy of Lou Stoumen and the previous winners of the award." In accepting this award, Subotzky said he looks forward to "using this award to take my work further in the coming years." "I am delighted and honored to be the recipient of the Lou Stoumen Prize. I would like to sincerely thank all those involved with the award and the Museum of Photographic Arts for their recognition of my work, and for their significant support for my work through the Lou Stoumen Prize."

 

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Two Magnum Photojournalists Receive Getty Editorial Grants

Getty Images have selected two Magnum photojournalists, Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin, as recipients of the first two of five 2009 professional editorial photography grants.

Winning professional photographers receive $20,000 each. Winners in both categories also receive support from Getty Images photo editors.

Both Majoli and Pellegrin are represented by Magnum Photos. Majoli will continue his work on “Requiem in Samba,” which depicts the lives of the poor in Brazil, where warring factions, drug trafficking and the AIDS epidemic have resulted in death and devastation. Pellegrin intends to use the grant to complete “Iraqi Refugees,” which documents the people fleeing the war or displaced by ethnic cleansing.

Getty said it received a record number of proposals this year: 215 professional and 46 student applications were submitted for consideration by a judging panel that included TIME magazine chief picture editor Alice Gabriner, Aperture Magazine editor-in-chief Melissa Harris and Magnum photojournalist Susan Meiselas.

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NYU’s Department of Photography & Imaging announces a new program in photography and human rights in partnership with the Magnum Foundation

The Department of Photography and Imaging in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, has announced a new partnership with the Magnum Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting documentary photography, to create a new certificate program in Photography and Human Rights. The new initiative, comprising four courses offered in two successive summers, is designed to explore strategies to create effective documentary projects linked with issues of human rights.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with the Magnum Foundation to offer this important new program,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts. “The role of photography in the global struggle for basic human rights has never been more important than it is today. Experience demonstrates that one image can make all the difference. This program’s emphasis will be on the relevance of human rights law to documentary work, and how the photographer can develop projects that aid in the attainment of those basic rights.”

The program is aimed at intermediate and advanced students, including experienced professionals, who seek to hone their documentary and media skills in the context of human rights. Students will be taught to utilize a variety of media approaches while emphasizing new digital possibilities to create maximum social impact. Each course is four weeks in length and will be offered over two successive summers, beginning May 18, 2009. Students may choose to take the courses for credit or non credit.

Faculty for the program will include: Magnum photographers Susan Meiselas and Gilles Peress, digital media specialists Catherine Fallon and Elizabeth Kilroy, adjunct professor and human rights specialist Peter Lucas, and program director and associate chair of Photography & Imaging, Fred Ritchin, among others.

Concurrent with the program, the Magnum Foundation will organize lectures and film screenings on issues relating to documentary work and human rights that feature a variety of work, including projects by Magnum photographers.

For more information on this program, please visit http://photo.tisch.nyu.edu or call 212-998-1930. For more information about The Magnum Foundation, please visit http://www.magnumfoundation.org. To enroll in the course, please visit http://www.nyu.edu/summer/2009/summerny/enroll.html.

The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within a university, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts. The faculty and staff consist of artists, professional photographers, designers, critics, historians, and scholars working from a wide range of perspectives and media.

Launched in 2007, The Magnum Foundation works to bring over half a century of historical and iconic photography to the public and to encourage the work of a new generation of independent photographers. Four pioneering photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour, had the insight to claim their independence by retaining ownership of their copyrights. Now today’s independent photographers are seeking to build upon this pioneering legacy with a newly formed charitable organization, The Magnum Foundation.

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Jonas Bendiksen awarded Prize for Photography 2009 from Norwegian Fagfotografers Fund

Photographer Jonas Bendiksen was awarded the prestigious Prize for Photography 2009 on Friday night.

Bendiksen is the only Norwegian photographer that is associated with Magnum Photos, a collective of internationally renowned photographers, established in 1947.

"Jonas Bendiksen is a remake of the Norwegian photo traditions, particularly in the reportage genre - even if Bendiksen easily crosses the boundaries between the press, reportage and art photography," said jury chairman Erik Fuglseth.

Photography prize is for 75,000 norwegian kroners (appr $10,000) and handed out each year by the Norwegian Fagfotografers Fund (NFF). The first recipient was Morten Krogvold in 1989.

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Inge Morath Award now accepting submissions

The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation announce the sixth annual Inge Morath Award. The annual prize of $5,000 is awarded by the Magnum Foundation to a female documentary photographer under the age of 30, to support the completion of a long-term project. One award winner and up to two finalists are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers.

Inge Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum Photos for nearly fifty years. After her death in 2002, the Inge Morath Foundation was established to manage Morath's estate and facilitate the study and appreciation of her contribution to photography.

Because Morath devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, her colleagues at Magnum Photos established the Inge Morath Award in her honor. The Award is now given by the Magnum Foundation as part of its mission of supporting new generations of socially-conscious documentary photographers, and is administered by the Magnum Foundation in collaboration with the Inge Morath Foundation.

Past winners of the Inge Morath Award include: Kathryn Cook (US, '08) for Memory Denied: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide; Olivia Arthur (UK, '07) for The Middle Distance; Jessica Dimmock (US, '06) for The Ninth Floor; Mimi Chakarova (US, '06) for Sex Trafficking in Eastern Europe; Claudia Guadarrama (MX, '05) for Before the Limit; and Ami Vitale (US, '02), for Kashmir.

View submission details on the Inge Morath Foundation website

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Marc Riboud to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award.

Marc Riboud, the celebrated French photographer and former President of Magnum Photos, is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.

Riboud, whose career in photography spans over half a centenary, will be honored at a gala award ceremony which takes place on 16 April at the Palais des Festival in Cannes amongst the great and the good of the international photographic industry. The accolade has been created to honour a photographer for a lifetime of widely recognised and critically acclaimed work.

Scott Gray, Managing Director of the World Photography Awards, comments: ‘We are exceptionally proud to honour the life and work of Marc Riboud. It is fitting that the Sony World Photography Awards presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to a man who has dedicated over 50 years to capturing life in all corners of the world, from China’s cultural revolution through to everyday life in Paris.’

Elliott Erwitt, a close friend of Riboud, adds: ‘A lifetime achievement award may imply that a career is over. In the case of Marc nothing could be further from the truth. Marc continues to live and breathe photography every day with his camera permanently welded to his side he is always looking for the next picture.’

The presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be the climax of Sony World Photography Awards ceremony, which takes place during a week-long celebration of photography throughout the city of Cannes from 14th – 19th April 2009. A retrospective of Marc Riboud’s work, curated by Alain Genestar, the publisher of Polka Magazine and owner of Polka Gallery in Paris, as well as the former director of Paris Match, will be one of the highlights of the festival. Riboud will be in Cannes for the celebrations and will conduct a special tour of his exhibition. He will also be signing two rare, out of print, book titles.

Alain Genestar comments: ‘Marc Riboud is the utmost French in style, in elegance, curiosity, poetry and discretion. When I was asked to set up his exhibition I agreed straight away, just to have the pleasure to dig in his wonderful archives. A trip around the world and through time! I am proud to be his friend.’

Born in 1923, Riboud was the fifth of 7 children. He first picked up a camera at the age of 14, but until the age of 27 he studied engineering. Whilst his brothers went on to become famous industrialists, he dropped his career for a life of photography. At the age of 29, after meeting Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, the founders of Magnum, he joined the agency and remained there for almost three decades. In 1958 he became vice president of Magnum for Europe. Between 1954 and 1979 Riboud travelled and lived in the Middle East and the Orient. In the 60s he spent time in Africa and the United States, before becoming president of Magnum in 1976. Three years later, Marc left Magnum to pursue a freelance career.

Since 1979, Riboud has continued to travel, at a less hectic pace, which has included frequent visits to China and Japan. He is the author of numerous books and has exhibited widely throughout the world, including major retrospectives in Paris and New York. He continues to work on new books and exhibitions.

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Alessandra Sanguinetti wins the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship

Alessandra Sanguinetti has been awarded the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship for 2008. Established by the internationally recognized photographer, John Gutmann (1905-1998), the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship awards $5,000 to $10,000 annually to an emerging artist who exhibits professional accomplishment, serious artistic commitment, and need in the field of creative photography. The Gutmann award is determined by nomination only, and nominees are selected by jurors who were appointed by John Gutmann.

For over sixty years John Gutmann quietly made an imprint on the position as an artist and educator. His youthful enthusiasm and quest for the marvelous extravagance of life were inspiration for a generation of artists. It is in this same spirit, through philanthropy, that an annual award will be given to one or a number of photographers showing professional accomplishment, serious artistic commitment and need in the field of creative photography. Candidates for Gutmann Fellowships are nominated by an appointed jury.

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Mikhael Subotzky wins the 29th annual W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

Mikhael Subotzky was the recipient of the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for 2008 for his project, Crime and Punishment in Post-Aparthied South Africa. He was presented with the award at a ceremony at the Tishman Auditorium at Parsons, The New School for Design on the evening of October 22nd, 2008.

Crime and Punishment in Post-Aparthied South Africa will document the single most devisive issue in South Africa today - crime. Every day, over fifty people are murdered, and thousands more are raped, robbed, abused and violated. The problem of crime affects everybody who live in South Africa, stretching across color and class lines into the homes of all.

The Smith Fund was established following the death of the great American “Concerned Photographer” on October 15, 1978. For 30 years it has allowed over thirty photographers from 16 countries to undertake or complete a long-term project on issues pertaining to the human condition. Past recipients include Jane Evelyn Atwood, Sebastiao Salgado, James Nachtwey, Donna Ferrato, Eugene Richards, Graciela Iturbide, Gilles Peress, Brenda Ann Kenneally, and more recently Stanley Greene, Pep Bonet, Paolo Pellegrin and Stephen Dupont. Support from the Fund has propelled careers in documentary photography and produced work that has found wide recognition both in the broader journalistic and art worlds.

 

Telenor's Culture Prize awarded to Jonas Bendiksen

Jonas Bendiksen is awarded the prize of NOK 250,000 for his groundbreaking photographic art, through which he communicates an artistic experience combined with a pressing message about living conditions on the outskirts of civilisation.

Impressing and important
"We congratulate Jonas Bendiksen with Telenor's culture prize for 2008, which is being presented for the thirteenth time. Several of Telenor's companies operate in developing countries, contributing to growth and social development. Bendiksen tells stories about people living in circumstances that make a strong impact, and we are proud to support such an impressing and important artist," said President and CEO of Telenor, Jon Fredrik Baksaas.

International recognition
The jury has also this year decided on a winner with an international profile. In its statement, the jury said, "His work maintains without a doubt the highest artistic quality, while at the same time conveying a message so profoundly relevant in our time that he is rapidly gaining acknowledgement and well deserved international recognition."

Continued work
"It's a great honour to receive this year's cultural award, and one that means a lot for me and my work. In today's media landscape, it is often a challenge to direct serious attention to themes such as poverty and marginalized communities. For this reason, I appreciate the support greatly, and will use it to continue my work in these areas," said Jonas Bendiksen.

Martin Parr and Chris Steele-Perkins receive awards from The Royal Photographic Society

Martin Parr Hon FRPS, will receive The Society’s prestigious Centenary Medal for his sustained and significant contribution to photography. Parr, a member of Magnum Photos, is internationally respected for the manner in which he has broadened and developed the notion and intentions of documentary practice over the past 30 years.

Fellow member of Magnum Photos, Chris Steele-Perkins will receive the Terence Donovan Award for his major achievement in the field of editorial and commercial advertising practice.

The prestigious event, to be held at The Royal Institute of British Architects, London, on the 2nd October 2008, recognises those who have made outstanding contributions to the art of science and photography.

2008 Membership decisions

Magnum Photos comprises 60 photographers who take collective decisions to determine the future directions of the group. The Magnum Photos selection process for new members is legendary for its toughness. Becoming a full Member of Magnum Photos is a process that takes place over at least four years, with candidates evolving from the status of Nominee, to Associate, to Member, each evolution in status requiring a vote by the Magnum Photos Members.

After viewing over 200 candidate portfolios, organised under the Presidency of Stuart Franklin, Magnum Photos is pleased to announce the following decisions :

MEMBER status was voted for: Antoine d’AGATA, Jonas BENDIKSEN and Alec SOTH
Their portfolios can be consulted on www.magnumphotos.com/photographers.

The following new NOMINEES were announced :

Peter VAN AGTMAEL, 27 years old, American-Dutch: www.petervanagtmael.com
Olivia ARTHUR, 28 years old, English: www.oliviaarthur.com

 

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is open for submissions for the 2008 Grant in Humanistic Photography

The W. Eugene Smith Grant is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's compassionate dedication exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

For 2008, the Smith Grant will be $30,000, with an additional $5,000 in fellowship money also to be given at the discretion of the jury. The Grant recognizes photographers who have demonstrated a commitment to documenting the human condition. The grant program is independently administered by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and is funded in part with contributions from Digital Railroad, Getty Images, The Mona Fund, and Open Society Institute. Winners receive their awards in a ceremony held in New York City in October One of the most prestigious honors in photojournalism, the Smith Grant was established in 1978 following the death of Smith, the legendary photo essayist, by his friends Howard Chapnick, Jim Hughes and John Morris to perpetuate his work and spirit. The grant program provides photographers with the financial freedom to envision and carry out major photographic studies.

Applicants must include a written proposal, which should be, concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable and humanistically driven.

Applicants are also asked to provide a resumé of educational and professional qualifications along with evidence of photographic ability in the form of photographic workprints (8"x10" prints preferred, and no more than 40), and/or photocopies, duplicate transparencies, contact sheets and clippings of published stories. Digital images will be considered only if delivered as low-resolution jpegs on a CD or DVD (no RAW files, TIFF files, or on-line applications).

The Smith Fund's executive committee appoints a three-person jury each year to review the applications and proposals. The jury meets twice, first to select finalists. The finalists are then asked to submit a comprehensive photographic portfolio, to write a more details and focused proposal and to answer questions about the project.

At their second meeting, the jury reviews the new material and selects the grant recipient and the recipient of the additional fellowship. The recipient must warrant that the project in progress is ongoing, and agree to provide the Fund with a set of photographs when the project is completed. The photographs will be housed as part of the permanent W. Eugene Smith Legacy Collection at the ICP.

There is no entry fee. The application advises that preliminary material will be returned only when accompanied by appropriate packaging and sufficient U.S. postage or its equivalent in U.S. dollars or prepaid return Delivery Form by courier. The Fund is not responsible for loss or damage.

Please send all submissions to:

W. Eugene Smith Fund c/o ICP
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036 USA

For any and all questions please email:

EugeneSmithFund@mac.com

Board of Trustees: Robert Pledge, President; Marcel Saba, Vice-President; Sue Brisk, Secretary; Robert Stevens, Treasurer; Jim Balog; Phillip S. Block; Rich Clarkson; Frank Evers; Donna Ferrato; David Friend; W.M. Hunt; Yukiko Launois; Helen Marcus, President Emerita; John G. Morris; Marcel Saba; Aaron Schindler; Robert Stevens; and David Wolf, counsel.

Past grant recipients: Marc Asnin, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Letizia Battaglia, Ernesto Bazan, Ellen Binder, Pep Bonet, Chien-Chi Chang, Stephen Dupont, Carl DeKeyzer, Donna Ferrato, Maya Goded, Paul Graham, Stanley Greene, Graciela Iturbide, Alain Keler, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Gideon Mendel, Dario Mitidieri, James Nachtwey, Trent Parke, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Eli Reed, Eugene Richards, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Milton Rogovin, Sebastião Salgado, Vladimir Syomin, John Vink and Kai Wiedenhöfer.

Application deadline for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is July 15, 2008. Photographers interested in applying may download an application at: www.smithfund.org

 

Martin Parr wins prestigious PhotoEspana prize

British photographer, Martin Parr, has won the top prize at PhotoEspana, Spain’s largest international photography festival.

He was awarded the Baumer and Mercier Award in recognition of his professional career in, and aesthetic influence on, contemporary photography. Unabashed satire of modern consumerist society is a key element of Parr's work commented Claude Bussac, the director of the festival, adding that this images, plus his contribution to numerous film and publishing projects, make him one of the most important photographers of the latter half of the 20th Century. PhotoEspana has committed to buying €12,000 of Parr’s works.

PhotoEspana has developed into one of the largest photography festivals in the world since its inauguration in 1998. Visit www.phedigital.com, for more details.

 

Access to Life Exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Magnum Photos and The Global Fund have teamed up in a historic partnership to chronicle the revolutionary effect free antiretroviral treatment is having on AIDS patients across the world. The exhibition, Access to Life, was photographed by Jonas Bendiksen, Jim Goldberg, Alex Majoli, Steve McCurry, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Eli Reed, and Larry Towell. Visit the website

 

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British Royal Mail commissions Peter Marlow to produce 6 stamps

Inspired by the 300th anniversary of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, the British Royal Mail has issued a set of stamps featuring photographs by Peter Marlow. It is the second time in three years that Peter Marlow has been allotted the prestigious role of producing images for stamps available across Great Britain.

Six stamps are being issued in this set, featuring the interiors of six cathedrals from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This will be the first time that cathedral interiors have been featured on stamps issued in the four countries.

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Jacob Aue Sobol has been awarded the 2008 Leica European Publishers Award

The Jury for the 2008 LEICA EUROPEAN PUBLISHERS AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY met May 1st to 4th in Manchester to decide this year's winner.

The winner of this year’s award is Jacob Aue Sobol (Denmark) for his project on Tokyo. The formal presentation will be made at the Rencontres d’Arles during the opening week in July and the book will be published this autumn.

The Leica European Publishers Award for Photography is a major initiative to encourage the publication of contemporary photography.

Open to photographers world-wide, the competition is a unique collaboration between seven European Publishers – Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Edition Braus (Germany), Lunwerg Editores (Spain), Mets & Schilt (The Netherlands) and Peliti Associati (Italy).

The competition requires the submission of a substantial, completed and unpublished photographic book project. The winning project is then published in book form simultaneously by each of the publishers in their own country resulting in perhaps the most extensive cultural collaboration currently existing in Europe.

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Mikhael Subotsky awarded ICP Young Photographer Infinity Award

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Mikhael Subotzky received widespread acclaim for his 2004 project Die Vier Hoeke (“The Four Corners”), an in-depth study of the South African prison system. Subotzky has extended his work on crime and incarceration to include photographic workshops with prisoners and a new series on ex-prisoners entitled Umjiegwana (“The Outside”). He was the winner of the Special Jurors Award at the 2005 Les Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, the 2006 F25 Award for Concerned Photography, the 2007 KLM Paul Huff Award, and most recently, the 2007 City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award.

ICP’s ongoing mission is to present and champion the rich diversity of the photographic experience. The Infinity Awards were created to reflect a commitment to celebrating the contributions of influential photographers and emerging young talent, and have become widely respected and recognized around the world as this country’s leading honor for excellence in photography. Recipients are decided by a jury of selectors from the submissions compiled by an international nominating committee, both of whose members change each year.

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New film by Raymond Dépardon at the Cannes Festival 2008

The new film by Raymond Dépardon 'Modern Life' will be presented on May 18 at the Cannes Festival 2008, official selection Un Certain Regard.

Through a series of portraits, Raymond Depardon becomes a witness to farmers' lives, values, and family stories: all that binds them to the land, and its legacy. He questions what will become of these 'people of the land.'

Modern Life
La vie moderne
A film by Raymond Depardon
2008 - France - Documentary
Cannes 2008 - Official Selection - Un Certain Regard

 

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Jonas Bendiksen wins National Geographic Grant.

The second annual National Geographic magazine photography grant has been awarded to Jonas Bendiksen, a Magnum photographer who is working to document urban population growth.

The grant offers a documentary photographer $50,000 to work on a long-term project. Bendiksen proposed to document the population explosion in Chongqing, a city in western China that is considered the fastest growing metropolis in the world.

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Magnum Founders and Paolo Pellegrin winners of the Sixty-Fifth Annual Pictures of the Year International Competition.

A special honor was created this year for a remarkable and unique submission to POYi. The judges and director conferred the first "Distinguished Leadership in Photojournalism Award" in recognition of "Magnum Founders: In Celebration of 60 Years" and the member photographers who have guided the development of photojournalism since the founding of Magnum. The distinction honors the publishing house of Verso Limited Editions, the photo agency of Magnum Photos, and the preeminent photojournalists Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David Seymour.

 

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David Alan Harvey announces the Emerging Photographer’s Award.

The first recipient of this annual award is Sean Gallagher, a Beijing-based British photographer, born in Scotland in 1979 and graduated in Zoology BSc.) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2002. He moved to China in 2006 to begin working as a photographer. His subsequent work on environmental and social issues have appeared in publications including Die Zeit, The Globe and Mail and The British Journal of Photography. His long-term projects aim to focus on the environmental and social issues created by China's recent rapid growth.

 

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Lost Robert Capa, David Seymour and Gerda Taro negatives discovered.

The International Center of Photography announced the discovery of a cache of over 3,500 negatives of the Spanish Civil War by Magnum Photographers and Founders, Robert Capa, David Seymour and Capa’s former partner Gerda Taro, three of the most significant war photographers of the twentieth century.

 

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World Press Photo Awards to Christopher Anderson and Cristina Garcia Rodero.

Christopher Anderson has won third place in the daily life stories section for a story on Israel/Palestine for National Geographic. View the World Press Photo site for more information.

 

Cristina Garcia Rodero has been awarded 3rd prize in the arts + entertainment stories section, with her work on Maria Lionza. View the World Press Photo site for more information.

 

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Earthlings by Richard Kalvar wins Best Photo Books of 2007.

"Funny photographs are rarely great photographs. Their visual punch line kills the qualities we associate with a deeply meaningful or provocative image. Engaging as they are, the funniest pictures made by Elliott Erwitt or Garry Winogrand are almost never the photographer's best images. Neither has created more than a few pictures that make you laugh but still say something important, or interesting, about human experience.

 

"Richard Kalvar seems constitutionally able to do so. A member of Magnum since 1977, he has somehow flown below the radar. But Kalvar's first-ever monograph, Earthlings, makes abundantly clear that his best pictures are his funniest ones. These pictures are not one-liners, instead veering comfortably into surrealism. They bring to mind the Surrealists' favorite sentence from their favorite novel, Les Chants de Maldoror, in which a character is called "as beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella." Or a popsicle and a harmonica.

 

"Of course the chance meetings depicted in Kalvar's photographs, which were exhibited in a spring retrospective at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris (Kalvar's main base), are methodically sought out. Like subatomic particles, they don't exist until observed. And they are often unsettling in their humor. Here, two orally fixated Greenwich Villagers seem oblivious to what might be a Brobdingnabian corpse laid out on a gurney. The leg's owner is apparently napping on the roof rack of a car, perhaps his home -- like his fellow Earthlings, just doing what it takes to be human."[via PopPhoto]

 

Cristina Garcia Rodera awarded the inaugural prize of the Asociacion Periodistas Graficos Europeos.

At a ceremony held last Wednesday evening in Madrid, Cristina Garcia Rodera was awarded the inaugural prize of the Asociacion Periodistas Graficos Europeos (APGE, or European Visual Journalists’ Association).


The event was presided over by Spanish Vice-President Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega who gave a particularly elogious speech about Cristina’s work and her status as the first Spanish woman to enter Magnum Photos.

 

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Inge Morath, The Road to Reno book has been awarded the most beautiful book in Germany 2007

 

The Inge Morath, The Road to Reno book has been awarded the Stiftung Buchkunst as Die schönsten deutschen Bücher 2007 (the most beautiful book in Germany in 2007).

 

Please take a look at their website for more details Stiftung-Buchkunst (in German)

 

Inauguration of the Magnum Gallery, Paris


On Saturday 17th November, Magnum Photos in Paris opened its first gallery, MAGNUM GALLERY, a light-filled space of 200 m2 on the ground floor of Magnum Photos’ Parisian bureau in the city's 18th arrondissement. Over 300 buyers, photographers and VIPs braved transport strikes, chaotic traffic conditions and sub-zero temperatures to discover the new space and its inaugural exhibition.The Magnum Gallery will regularly organise private viewings of a selection of vintages from the photographers’ archives, as well as contemporary prints of more recent work.

 

The inaugural exhibition is a double bill that both pays tribute to Leonard Freed, deceased last year aged 77, and presents the work of the young American photographer Alec Soth, author of the recent, prestigious ‘Fashion Magazine’, published in May this year.

 

« Tribute to Leonard Freed » : a selection of rare vintages, that cover the most important periods in the photographers’ body of work : the Jewish community in New York in the fifties, « Black in America », and Harlem of the sixties ; « Police Work » in the seventies…

 

« Fashion Magazine by Alec Soth » : following the success of the Fashion magazine by Martin Parr in 2005, and by Bruce Gilden in 2006, the 2007 opus was realised by the well-known American photographer Alec Soth. The collector’s edition was first presented at a one-night evening at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, in June this year. Entitled ‘Paris-Minnesota’, Alec’s work confronts two different approaches to beauty : that of Parisien haute couture, and that of the photographer himself, with his portraits of Minnesota teenagers in their local temples ; malls, churches, sports centres… The exhibition is composed of a selection of large-format prints chosen by the photographer himself.

 

MAGNUM GALLERY
19 rue Hégésippe Moreau
75018 Paris

 

Inaugural exhibition from 14 November to 23 December 2007
Visit by appointment only
Contact : Anna Planas
planas@magnumphotos.fr

 

Paolo Pellegrin receives German Fotobook Award 2008

Paolo Pellegrin's new book, 'As I Was Dying', winner of the 2007 Leica European Publishers' Award and currently being launched in 7 European countries, has just received the German photobook award, the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis.

 

For more information visit Deutscher Fotobuchpries (in German)

 

Jacob Aue Sobol receives Fogtdals Fotopriser Award

Jacob Aue Sobol has been awarded the Fogtdals Fotopriser by the Danish publishing, Fogtdal. Each year they give $50,000 for lifetime achievement in photography along with several awards of $10,000 to young photographers to support further development of their talent. Jacob Aue Sobol not only challenges himself and his own view on life, he also challenges the opinion of the viewer and the way we look at photography. It takes great skills to unfold the private universe without causing embarrassment. Sobol has the ability to make the intimate common, to involve us in other people's inner and private universe

 

For more information read the Press Release (in Danish)

 

 

 

Paolo Pellegrin receives Antonio Russo National Award

Paolo Pellegrin has won the photography section of the 6th edition of the ‘Antonio Russo’ national award for war reporting, one of the most prestigious journalistic awards in Italy. The event was organized by the Antonio Russo Foudation. Russo, a journalist of the Italian radio "Radio Radicale", was killed in Georgia in October 2000 whilst covering the war in Chechnya.

 

For more information visit RadioRadicale.it (in Italian)

 

 

Larry Towell receives Achievement in Filmmaking Award

The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) known as "the voice of indie film" announced the winners from their successful summer film extravaganza that took place in New York. Larry Towell’s short film “Indecisive Moments” has won an Achievement in Filmmaking for a Documentary (Short). “Indecisive Moments” was filmed while completing the book project for “No Man’s Land” and features Larry’s original songwriting and poetry.

 

Magnum awarded prestigious Clarion Award

Magnum Photos has been awarded a Clarion Award for Exposed! Climate Change in Britain’s Back Yard, a National Trust assignment with photography by Stuart Franklin, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Ian Berry, and curated by Maggie Gowan. The Clarion Awards, now in their 5th year, are awarded by the prestigious IVCA (International Visual Communication Association) for “recognizing excellence in the communication of Social Inclusion, CRS, Sustainable Development and Ethical debate.

 

According to the International Visual Communications Association, "Beauty, sophistication, innovation and impact are what make this well conceived and implemented initiative a worthy winner. By applying the fine art of photography to illustrate how a global challenge is having a damaging local impact, the National Trust not only brings climate change to life for its own visitors and members but also to a wider arts community."

 

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Mikhael Subotzky awarded The City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award

Picture editors from international magazines chose Mikhael Subotzky as the best young reporter for the City of Perpignan. The award was presented at the evening show on Friday, September 7. The award winning images, Mikhael Subotzky's photographs on crime and prisons in South Africa, are on exhibit at Visa pour l’Image. The award is being presented for the second time. The members of the jury select the young photographer who, in their opinion, has produced the best report in 2006/2007, either published or unpublished. The prize is given in recognition of talent and is designed to help young photographers complete projects. The City of Perpignan sponsors the 8000 euros prize.

 

View Subotzky's images from Beaufort West