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(From February 3, 2024)

On February 20 and 21, 2024, Julian Assange will face a court hearing on what may be his final bid to appeal the United States' order to extradite him. 

Julian Assange faces 18 charges over WikiLeaks’ publication of classified documents, largely in result of a leak by the former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. In 2010, WikiLeaks, linked to a consortium of international media organizations, released thousands of documents exposing details of the conditions and deteriorating mental and physical health of Guantanamo Bay’s detainees; details of hundreds of thousands of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan by the U.S. Army, including shedding new light on the deaths of two Reuters journalists via the shocking Collateral Murder video; and much more.

Manning was released after President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in 2017. Under Obama, the Department of Justice decided they could not prosecute Assange without threatening U.S. journalists and their First Amendment protections — given that the 2010 charges relate to the handling and publication of classified documents in conjunction with reporters and organizations including The New York Times and other major outlets. But under Donald Trump's presidency and later Joe Biden's, the department has reversed itself.
If convicted, Assange faces a combined total sentence of up to 175 years in U.S. prison.

“This indictment sets a dangerous precedent and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the press,” wrote the editors and publishers of The Washington Post, The New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and El Pais. “Holding governments accountable is part of the core mission of the free press in a democracy.”

For 7 years, from 2012 to 2019, Assange lived "under protection" in the Ecuador Embassy in London thanks to the Asylum status, until when he's been confined in HM Prison Belmarsh in London, as the United States government's extradition effort is contested in the British courts. Today, Julian Assange is “dangerously close” to being extradited to the US after losing his latest legal appeal, his family and observers of his long-running legal challenge say.

Magnum Photographer, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, documented Assange's wife, Stella, and their children for several days between the UK and France, during the following weeks of Assange's lost appeal in June 2023. As a family they are fighting for Julien Assange's life and the family's future.

Sara Gonzalez Devant, Stella's birth name, first met Assange at a property where Assange initially lived when under house arrest. An expert in international law, she was hired as part of Assange’s legal team to help fight his case against extradition to Sweden. She officially changed her name to Stella Moris in 2012 to protect herself and her family while working with Assange. Before even meeting him she was convinced he was the victim of an elaborate sting. “I had read all the documents and it was clear that this was a political case and that he was innocent.” Since 2012, Stella has been traveling alone or with their kids around the world to find support for her husband's case. 

Continuously under pressure, tracked and living a parallel life, Stella and the children try to cope with a family privation. The current situation seems to be getting closer to Julian Assange extradition to the U.S. , which may likely lead to an incarceration there.

The threat to the work of international investigative journalism that has been in place for over 10 years via this case has to be addressed.

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The Assange Family 

Following the unprecedented victory of France's new far-right National Rally party in the June 9, 2024 European elections, Emmanuel Macron called for the dissolution of parliament and new legislative elections on June 30 and July 7. As a result, the extreme right has never been so close to controlling the French National Assembly. In response, the French left formed a unified party on June 10, the New Popular Front, with the goal of preventing the far-right from winning the legislative elections. 

The large immigrant populations of France's banlieues face an uncertain future, with far-right policies posing an additional risk, and in these neighborhoods the results of the European elections came as no surprise. 

Since 2023, William Keo has been documenting the young people of the French "banlieues" as they wonder about their future. They share their dreams and aspirations, their problems and insecurities, caught between gentrification and the low-income housing that is increasingly diluting the identity of the suburbs. 

"Juvenile" paints a portrait of a youth with multiple identities, from third-generation immigrant to gentrification, on the eve of the Olympic Games that were already going to change the neighborhood forever, added to the risk of tightening immigration policies associated with the rise of the far right in France.

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"Juvenile" 

"Facsimile of the 1968 original edition, a photo classic published for the first time in French, The Bikeriders takes us into the heart of the Chicago Outlaws Club. The journal-size title features original black-and-white photographs and transcribed interviews made from 1963 to 1967, when Danny Lyon was a member of the Outlaws gang.

Authentic, personal, and uncompromising, Lyon’s depiction of individuals on the outskirts of society." 
(Publisher presentation)

Éditions Xavier Barral
2014
Hardcover with jacket
16 x 23,5 cm
94 pages
ISBN : 978-2-36511-050-1

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The Bikeriders (2014) 

"Russia's fighters are waging blooding battles in Ukraine's east to add to its captured territory. Moscow supports this war effort with soldiers from outside the regular army, including some from a training camp in Chechnya. Some join for the money, others to escape everyday drudgery, and some fight out of patriotism. But there are tearful goodbyes. Soldiers trained in Chechnya range from battle tested mercenaries to raw recruits without combat experience." Neil MacFarquhar, from the NYT. 

Nana Heitmann went to Chechnya in December 2023 to observe Russian troops training. She later traveled in January 2024 to Bakhmut, Ukraine, where the Akhmat Battalions, the Chechen-trained forces, were deployed to maintain Russian control of the area. She immersed herself in Russia's underground medical war system, imagining surgical and craft hospitals where surgeries take place in rooms in a maze of tunnels that once served as wine cellars. Part of her work is featured in the NYT.

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Inside the Chechen Units fighting... 

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Anouk Aimée 

Elections to the European Parliament were held across the European Union from June 6 to 9 2024. While the final results are still pending, the European People's Party (EPP), the party of Ursula Ven Der Leyen, has retained the most seats. But the far right have made significant gains in many countries, in particular in Germany, Italy and France, where Emmanuel Macron called for the dissolution of the French National Assembly and general elections within three weeks of the announcement to determine a new leadership. 

Magnum's archives and recent work reflect on the rise of the far right and the crisis that is driving EU citizens to support right-wing extremism.

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The Far Right Gains in Europe 

The Hamas attacks in Israel on Oct. 7th, 2023 and the ensuing Israeli invasion and bombardment of Gaza have refocused the world's attention on Israel's continuing inability to address the issue of Palestinian autonomy. 

On assignment for the NYT, Peter Van Agtmael traveled to Israel and the West Bank, including Hebron and Kiryat Arba, where the uneven justice system that has developed around Jewish settlements has allowed violence by extremist settlers against Palestinians to pervade these disputed places.

According to a senior Israeli defense official, since the event, some 7,000 settler reservists have been recalled by the IDF and ordered to protect the settlements, the NYT reported. Many of them have left the settlements in uniform, wearing masks, setting up roadblocks and harassing Palestinians.

The violence and impunity that these cases reveal existed long before October 7, but have worsened since.

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Ultranationalism in Israel 

Biography 

Peter van Agtmael 

The United Kingdom goes to the polls on July 4. While the Conservative Party, known in the UK as the Tory Party and led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, has been in power for 14 years, opinion polls show an increased risk of losing to the Labour Party this year.

Of the various issues that the British people consider important for this year's election, the cost of living, health care, immigration and climate change are among the most prominent.

Magnum’s archives and current work examine the issues that have shaped the political landscape of the UK to the present day, as well as the campaigns led by the two major political parties.

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The 2024 UK General Election 

 I Am Warning You is the second book of Rafal Milach's book-triptych of the same name.
I Am Warning You focuses on the 500 km border fence built on the Hungarian-Serbian-Croatian border in 2015 by Viktor Orbán’s administration, in response to the immigration crisis. The title is drawn from an automatic message which is broadcast in several languages ranging from Arabic to English close to the electric fence. The photographs depict the architecture of the border wall from a double layered three-metre-high metal fence with provisional watch towers to concertina wires which cut through farmland, national parks and forest.

Format : Softcover
Size : 210 x 265 mm
Publisher : GOST Books, April 2021

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I Am Warning You 

Eighty years ago the Western Allies launched the long anticipated invasion of mainland Europe. After some delay due to weather conditions, June 6th was chosen as "D-Day", the start date of the operation. The German defenders had anticipated an attack on Calais, the part of France closest to the Allied staging areas in England, though the actual target was Normandy.  The operation involved an inland attack by paratroopers and glider-borne infantry combined with a beach assault by British, Canadian and US troops.    

Having already documented the war in the Mediterranean, Robert Capa was assigned to photograph the invasion and arranged to go ashore with the first waves of US soldiers tasked with assaulting "Omaha Beach", the code name for the stretch of shoreline situated between Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes and Vierville-sur-Mer. The Omaha Beach attack was so brutal that it's been referred to as "Bloody Omaha" ever since. Capa recalled the experience of that morning in his book "Slightly Out of Focus":

"My beautiful France looked sordid and uninviting, and a German machine gun, spitting bullets around the barge, fully spoiled my return. The men from my barge waded in the water. Waist-deep, with rifles ready to shoot, with the invasion obstacles and the smoking beach in the background gangplank to take my first real picture of the invasion. The boatswain, who was in an understandable hurry to get the hell out of there, mistook my picture-taking attitude for explicable hesitation, and helped me make up my mind with a well-aimed kick in the rear. The water was cold, and the beach still more than a hundred yards away. The bullets tore holes in the water around me, and I made for the nearest steel obstacle. A soldier got there at the same time, and for a few minutes we shared its cover. He took the waterproofing off his rifle and began to shoot without much aiming at the smoke-hidden beach. The sound of his rifle gave him enough courage to move forward, and he left the obstacle to me. It was a foot larger now, and I felt safe enough to take pictures of the other guys hiding just like I was."

Capa shot three rolls of 35mm film before being lucky enough to safely hop aboard a landing craft that was about to speed back to the safety of the invasion fleet. As soon as he returned to England he hurried back to London, where he'd have the film processed. In one of the cruelest twists of fate in photographic history, a lab technician overheated the film during the drying process resulting in the loss of all but 10 frames out of a total of 106. Those surviving images have since become the iconic document of the bloody chaos that occurred on Omaha Beach. 

Capa immediately returned to France to document the remainder of the Normandy battles. He'd continue to photograph the Allied liberation of France and the invasion of the German homeland, jumping across the Rhine with US paratroopers in March, 1945. 

Ten years after surviving Bloody Omaha Beach, Capa was killed by a land-mine while photographing the Indochina War.

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D-Day, June 6th 1944 

The 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, known in China as the June Fourth Incident, were student-led demonstrations in Beijing following former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Hu Yaobang's heart attack on 15 April. Students reacted strongly to the news, believing that his death was related to his forced resignation and by May demonstrations were being held around the country. On June 4th the protests turned violent when Government troops fired on the demonstrators who were attempting to block the military's advance towards Tiananmen Square.

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1989 Tiananmen Square Protests 

South Africa will hold its national elections on the 29th of May and, for the first time since it came to power in 1994, the leadership of the ANC (African National Congress) is under threat. Mounting criticism of the party that led the fight against apartheid under the late Nelson Mandela has chipped away at its support, raising the possibility of a coalition government.

Magnum’s archive and current work explores the issues that have shaped the troubled country today.

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South African Elections 

One of the top 10 unexploited deposits worldwide, Mongolia sits at a threshold. Recently, the French state-owned nuclear firm, Orano, signed a $17 billion deal with the Mongolian government to extract and process the country's uranium. Orano claims this project has huge potential in Mongolia as the world attempts to shift to renewable energy. As the second-largest uranium reserve following Kazakhstan, Mongolia's entry into the uranium market can prove timely given the increased need for uranium in the years to come.

Catalyzed by the war in Ukraine and the European desire to distance itself from Russian gas exports, Mongolia offers the possibility to diversify this dependence. While United States President Joe Biden signed legislation to curb uranium and gas supplies from Russia, the change can take years to take effect.

Mongolia, a nation that remains plagued by widespread poverty, still largely relies on coal for heat and power, hosting some of the planet's worst air quality, with phenomena as the second leading cause of death in young children. The phenomenon of landscapes in Mongolia, where severe winters arrive after summer droughts, triggers widespread animal deaths and has been greatly exacerbated by global warming. While Orano believes this operation to be helpful in ways relating to public health, climate change, and financial success for the country, its inhabitants are fiercely protective of its ancestral lands. This leads to a need for balance in public safety and public acceptance. Past mistakes and competition bring upon challenges for the French-owned firm as it is closely scrutinized by the global market and watched with suspicion by the Mongolian people.

On assignment for TIME, Magnum Photographer Nanna Heitmann visited Mongolia's Gobi desert, which remains a place of uncertainty regarding the prospects of Orano and the promise of uranium mining to provide a better quality of life with respect for the country's inhabitants and their land. As the nation sits bordered between Russia and China, reliant on both for trade, imported gas, and petroleum, it must tread lightly in this new era of competition.

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Nuclear Energy in Mongolia 

A personal chronicle of post-9/11 America, at war and at home, through the lens of one of Magnum Photos' leading photographers, Peter Van Agtmael, is a compelling and revealing photographic critique.

Through reportage and memoir, in photographs and words, "Look at the U.S.A" documents the major fault lines that have defined this era, beginning with the war in Iraq and ending with the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Fueled by ideology, insecurity, ambition, and a deep fascination with war, Van Agtmael began documenting America’s war in Iraq in 2005. So began a photographic odyssey that would span more than two decades generating work that grew from a deep need to understand and peel back the layers of his troubled society.

Confronting the mythologizing of war and seductive nature of conflict on the American psyche, "Look at the U.S.A." explores the disconnect between the intergenerational wars and the home front, juxtaposing American troops in combat with their grieving families at home and the recovery of the wounded. As the book’s narrative progresses, the gaze begins to widen, to the imprints of nationalism, the election of Donald Trump, militarism, and race and class on American society.

Layered with van Agtmael’s personal accounts, observations, and interviews with those he has encountered on his journey, "Look at the U.S.A." is a damning, sometimes ironic critique that will make it one of the seminal photo books on war.

Thames & Hudson
May 2024
352 pp | 190 illustrations
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780500027028

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Look at the U.S.A.: A Diary of... 

"I'm growing up without my dad for the third spring," says the slogan on a banner held by a boy who came to the protest in the center of Kyiv. Ukrainian resistance against the Russian invasion is strong, although the situation on the frontlines is getting more difficult. The Ukrainian army lacks people, equipment, and ammunition, and although the support of NATO countries continues, the flow of military supplies is disrupted and held for months. On April 16, President Zelensky signed into law a measure lowering the country's army mobilisation age from 27 to 25. The sound of anti-aircraft sirens has become a daily occurrence for the residents of Kyiv, which remains relatively safe and well-protected by air defense systems. The city is largely functional and has adapted to the prolonged war. With its privilege of being a relatively safe place, the capital has become a place where grassroots efforts and solidarity manifest on many levels, from cyclical protests supporting the Ukrainian army or questioning controversial political decisions to volunteer initiatives training civilians in weapons handling basics and combat tactics in urban areas.

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Third Spring, Ukraine 2024 

On Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, a small group of students pitched tents at Columbia University, demonstrating for a lasting ceasefire in Gaza and pressing their university to end relationships with companies believed to support both the war and the Israeli government.

The demonstrations at the New York City college have echoed across college campuses all over the United States. Reaching students three thousand miles away in California, tent encampments emerged at both the University of Stanford and Berkeley. 

Magnum photographers Sabiha Çimen, Alessandra Sanguinetti, and Jim Goldberg were at the universities to witness the solidarity with Palestine and the ongoing protests to end the war.

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US Campus Protests 

In October of 2023, Hamas launched an unexpected assault on Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing over a thousand civilians and capturing hostages. 

In response, Israel has declared a state of war and emergency in the region, launching a counteroffensive involving intense airstrikes on Gaza, and most recently, a ground invasion. Calls for an immediate ceasefire have resounded globally, as the death toll in Gaza has surged beyond 10,000 according to BBC reports.

Magnum Photographers are on the ground providing visual updates from the region.

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Visual Updates from Israel and... 

On Saturday, October 7th, Israel was taken by surprise in an unexpected and severe cross-border assault by Hamas from Gaza, resulting in the initial deaths of 900 people. The BBC reported that  included in this number were 260 individuals attending a music festival. With many still missing or abducted by Hamas in Israel, families are left desperately seeking information as the conflict unfolds.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared war on Hamas, vowing to use “enormous force” by launching strikes in Gaza and imposing a “complete siege” on the Gaza Strip, freezing the flow of essential supplies. According to the BBC, as of October 9th approximately 690 people in Gaza had lost their lives and more than 120,000 had been displaced from their homes.

The result of this has triggered the latest outbreak of fighting in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, drawing in outside powers and echoing across the broader Arab region.

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Israel and Palestine from the Archives... 

Ukrainian President Vicktor Yanukovych’s cabinet abandoned an agreement on closer trade ties in the EU, favoring closer cooperation with Russia. What began as small protests escalated to the Revolution of Dignity, also known as the Maidan Revolution, a violent protest with at least 88 deaths. Following the Euromaidan protests and removal of Yanukovych, partnered with pro-Russia unrest in Ukraine, Russian annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.

Demonstrations in the Donbas area of Ukraine escalated into a war between the Ukrainian Government and Russian-backed separatist forces. Russian military vehicles crossed the border in several locations of Donetsk Oblast, which is believed to be responsible for the defeat of Ukrainian forces in early September of 2014. In November, Ukrainian military reported intensive movement of Russian combat troops into separatist-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine.

In October 2021, Russia reignited concerns of a potential invasion after moving troops and military equipment to the shared border with Ukraine. The buildup continued until Russia launched a full-scale invasion in February, 2022.

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Russo-Ukrainian Conflict