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At the beginning of March 2022, a week after the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, Jerome Sessini returned to Ukraine for the New Yorker. He witnessed the bombardments on Kyiv, families fleeing Irpin under fire from the Russian army, the systematic destruction of residential areas in Borodyanka, several towns all around Kyiv, and the mass graves in Bucha. “Even in my most pessimistic forecasts, I never imagined that the Russian President and his army would show such brutality. » Says Sessini.
Together with journalist Joshua Jaffa, Jerome also traveled to Novyi Bykiv, a village sixty miles east of Kyiv, where they collected testimonies from women and men who had lived under the occupation of Russian troops for several weeks.
<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/the-prisoners-in-a-cellar-in-the-ukrainian-village-of-novyi-bykiv" target="_blank">https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/the-prisoners-in-a-cellar-in-the-ukrainian-village-of-novyi-bykiv</a>"

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First Days of The invasion of Ukraine... 

It's been half a century since we lost Marilyn Monroe, but her presence in popular culture has never faded - due in part to the incredible abundance of photographs that were taken by members of the Magnum photographic cooperative, and appear in this stunning collection that expresses every aspect of Marilyn's multifaceted persona. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Eve Arnold, Inge Morath, Philippe Halsman, Bruce Davidson, Dennis Stock, Bob Henriques, Erich Hartmann, and others capture Marilyn on and off the set.<br> The images range from glamorous portraits to candid scenes of delicate intimacy. Marilyn is pictured filming movies such as Some Like it Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In richly toned black and white as well as lustrous color, these photographes reveal Marilyn's uncanny ease in front of the camera. Whether acting or exercising, putting on make-up or gracefully posing, Marilyn was a photographer's dream. This celebration of her life will be a treasured keepsake for her millions of fans. <br> <br>
Format: Hardcover<br>
Size: 22,5 x 26cm / 9 x 10 in<br>
Pages: 160<br>
Publisher: Prestel, 2012.

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Marilyn by Magnum 

As of late July, British and US intelligence agencies have estimated that as many as 15,000 members of the Russian military have been killed fighting in Ukraine. Though most members of the military are Russian, some come from Russia's satellite republics. 
In June, Nanna Heitmann traveled to Dagestan, where she photographed families mourning the deaths of their loved ones who had fallen during the Russo-Ukrainian war.

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Dagestani Casualties in Ukraine... 

From May 4 to September 22, the Galleria d’Italia will be hosting the exhibition « Fragile Wonder. A journey in changing nature. » by Paolo Pellegrin, dedicated to climate issues. The photoreportage is the outcome of a commission by Intesa Sanpaolo and led Paolo to from Iceland to Namibia, from Greenland to Costa Rica. Featuring audios, videos and photos, the exhibition showcases Pellegrin's talent in showing the beauty and force of nature and its relationship to humankind. 

The exhibition (May 27 - September 2, 2022) has been curated by Walter Guadagnini with the contribution of Mario Calabresi.

Edited by Walter Guadagnini.
Published in 2022
ISBN: 978-88-572-4831-8
160 pages

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Fragile Wonder. A Journey in Changing... 

Biography 

Raymond Depardon 

Magnum photographer Erich Hartmann was born 100 years ago, on July 29th, 1922. 

Born in Munich, Erich Hartmann was 16 years old when he went with his family in 1938 to Albany, New York, as a refugee from Nazi Germany. The only English speaker in the family, he worked in a textile mill, attending evening high school and later taking night courses at Siena College. He enlisted in the US Army, serving in England, France, Belgium and Germany. At the end of the war he moved to New York City, where he worked as an assistant to a portrait photographer and then as a freelancer.

Hartmann first became known to the wider public through his work for Fortune magazine in the 1950s. His poetic approach to science, industry and architecture shone through the photo essays 'Shapes of Sound', 'The Building of Saint Lawrence Seaway' and 'The Deep North'. He later did similar essays on the poetics of science and technology for French, German and American Geo and other magazines. Invited to join Magnum in 1952, he was for many years on the board of directors, becoming president in 1985.

Throughout his career, he pursued many long-term personal projects, and photographic interpretations with literary echoes: Shakespeare's England, Joyce's Dublin, Thomas Hardy's Wessex. He also explored abstract representations of ink-drops in water, patterns of laser light, and the beauty of tiny components of technology. In his later years he photographed the remains of the Nazi concentration camps, resulting in a book and exhibition, In the Camps. At the time of his death he was engaged in a photo project he called 'Music Everywhere.'

Erich Hartmann died in New York City on February 4th, 1999.

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100 Years Since the Birth of Erich... 

"Somos el sueño de alguien que estuvo antes que nosotros."
(We are the dream of someone who were before us.)

Since 2013 I been exploring the tangible and spiritual impact of violence on families including my own. My work focuses on communities fractured by the state and organized crime, in a physical and psychological sense. I am trying to create a testimony through which I can discuss all these layers of reality that shape my country and the region of Latin America.

I am interested in talking about Mexico and Latin America as a symbolic space, a land that become an image and a symbol of resistance. In this work I been collaborating with indigenous communities that work producing poppy flowers, with mothers of missing people in Sinaloa, with indigenous families in the U.S; with people that flee their territories due violence and with my own family.

 

For the last two years I’m weaving together a complex tapestry of family, religion, ritual, poverty, longing, loss, violence, death, migration and what it means to live in this region of Latin America. I been working in Central America, in the U.S. and in Mexico: in Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Veracruz and Guerrero. I was born and live in Guerrero Mexico, where some of these photographs were taken, while this is the story of Mexican and Latin American families impacted by these events, it is also mine.

-Yael Martinez, 2022

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Somos el sueño de alguien que estuvo... 

British photographer Chris Killip was born at his father's pub on the Isle of Man in 1946; 18 years later he left his post as a trainee hotel manager to pursue photography full time, photographing the island's beaches. He moved to London shortly thereafter, but decided to return to the Isle of Man early in the 1970s to document its inhabitants, landscapes and disappearing traditional lifestyles. The series was first published in 1980.
Thirty years after the publication of Isle of Man, Killip found himself reexamining the negatives from the series in preparation for an upcoming retrospective in Germany. "I hadn't had an occasion to think about this work since the first edition of the book was published," writes Killip. "Going through these negatives again I found new images that I now liked, but at the time had overlooked or had not used for reasons that now mystify me." These alternate Isle of Man images--some 250 in total--became what Killip terms his "Isle of Man archive." Chris Killip: Isle of Man Revisited, a lavish, large-format, clothbound volume, maintains the order of the classic 1980 photobook but with some key changes: some of the original photographs have been replaced by unseen ones from Killip's "Isle of Man archive," and 30 new images have been added.

Steidl, 2015
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 3869309598
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-3869309590

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Isle of Man Revisited 

Tudo Bom, as the title of Majoli's 20-year project in Brazil, are two words that contain all the contradictions of a country. In Brazil, the Covid pandemic created more instability than it did for the majority of the rest of the world, but the country has within itself an endemic social disparity that it seems day by day untreatable.

For this trip, Majoli was in Sao Paolo's Luz station, where he visually portrayed the movement of drug users, working people and passants, creating the scene of one of the most fragile neighborhoods of the country.

The project is part of a collaboration between Magnum Photos and Obscura - of an initial eight series, a platform that helps photographers pursue their projects through the sales of NFTs.

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Tudo Bom. (Brazil, 2022.) 

"The impetus of this project grew out of my first book Hafız, about young girls who are memorizing Quran in schools through-out Turkey. Some marry and have children soon after graduation, but some rebel and transform themselves in a radical way; Şeyma is one of those stories of Transfiguration.
 
This is a world known to me because I too studied in a Quran school with my twin sister in Istanbul when I was younger. When I returned to do my first long term photographic project l sought out familiar scenes and objects from my memory there and it was there that I met Şeyma and her unique and radical ways.
 
My projects usually deal with the Art of Resistance within my close circle of friends and family. In my last project the young girls' trivialities and playfulness took center stage, and now as these girls enter into adulthood they are faced with living in a world of male dominance. Sometimes, as with Şeyma, there is a need for revenge with their new found power over men and their money and habits; an inner strength coming from raw female intellect, and sexuality.
 
This time my project not only focuses on the girls stories, but lies within the context of a large city- Istanbul, with its multiple layers and meanings. l am trying to provide the viewer cause and effect by viewing the different strata simultaneously and between. In the story Şeyma l am portraying her world, her fantasies, her fears, hidden love stories, songs and signs, ancient traditions, religious black-outs, and her continued spirituality that was never lost even through her Transfiguration."

"Transfiguration: The Double Life of Şeyma" is a part of an NFT collaboration between Magnum Photos and Obscura, a platform that helps photographers pursue their projects through the sales of NFTs.

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Transfiguration: The Double Life... 

Ficciones is a collaborative project made by Carolyn Drake and Andres Gonzalez long the US Mexico border, began in 2018 and ongoing. The part here, is the latest trip to the twin cities of Mexicali and Calexico, and to the American and Mexican side of Nogales, visual diptychs inspired by mythologies, dreams, and conversations in these borderlands.
Carolyn’s family arrived in California from the east and Andres’ family arrived from the south and each family evolved in its own way according to culture and heritage and chance. After 20 years, both photographers are participants and observers of both stories.
"The images are made in proximity to the Mexico-US border – the borderlands. Within that setting, we allowed ourselves to expound on what “borderlands” actually means. To us, the borderlands is a psychic construct as much as a physical one.
The overall project extends along the border from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. "

"Ficciones" is a part of an NFT collaboration between Magnum Photos and Obscura, a platform that helps photographers pursue their projects through the sales of NFTs.

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Ficciones 

"Strike" is a visual record of the protests that began across Poland on October 22, 2020, and which persisted in various forms over the ensuing months. In a second text, Aleksandra Boćkowska chronicles the personal reflections of some of the participants of protests in Kartuzy, Lubaczów, Warsaw, and Kraków.

Since 2019, Milach, together with sixteen fellow photographers, has been a co-creator of the Archive of Public Protests (APP), a platform for gathering documentation of social actions and grassroots initiatives that have opposed political decisions executed in violation of principles of democracy and human rights. "Strike" is a piece of this archive.

"Strike" won the Author Book Award 2022, at the International Photo Festival Les Rencontres d'Arles.

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Strike 

“This work is an ode, a love letter to the often-overlooked rural towns south of Buenos Aires. I’ve always worked around these towns, but have never focussed on them specifically. These towns were always a backdrop to another story. So this time, I am making the towns and their people the focus of the story,” says Sanguinetti. “For years I always wanted to create a body of work about these towns. They are often overlooked and when you pass through them it looks like nothing is happening. If you stop and look, and wait long enough, so many mysterious stories reveal themselves.” 

"Aerolites" is a part of an NFT collaboration between Magnum Photos and Obscura, a platform that helps photographers pursue their projects through the sales of NFTs.

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Aerolites 

"Far from the vibrant urban worlds where I’ve often photographed, I followed the subtle movements of time and tide, wind and water. Meanwhile, Rebecca photographed the waves of light as they washed through our house of many windows—and wrote spare text pieces to try to emotionally navigate this unsettling time, when so many we know have been caught in its undertow.” 
—Alex Webb, May 2021

Inspired by Virginia Woolf ’s novel The Waves, this collaborative project brings together the work of creative partners Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. This intimate collection serves as a pandemic logbook in words and images, created while the couple was largely sequestered on Cape Cod from March 2020 through May 2021. Rebecca provides original, hand-written poetry that punctuates her lyrical photographs and Alex’s panoramic seascapes. Their images serve as poignant meditations on what it means to be both deeply connected to the world around us and profoundly isolated from much that we hold dear.

Radius Books, 2022
Hardcover / 9.5 x 12 inches
48 images / 108 pages
ISBN: 9781942185963

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Waves 

William Keo photographed backstage at the 2023 Fall/Winter haute couture shows for Iris Van Herpen, Ronald Van der Kemp, Giambattista Valli, Imane Ayissi, Yuima Nakazato, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Viktor & Rolf at Paris Fashion Week (July 4th to 7th).

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Paris Fashion Week 

Lua Ribeira's series "Agony in the Garden" focuses on the evolution of Trap and Drill music in Spain, two genres which originated in the U.S. but have now transcended their initial context to become influential movements across the world. 
In a country like Spain, where youth unemployment is the highest in Europe, the nihilistic style found a fertile territory to expand. In Madrid, Almeria and Granada, younger generations soon appropriated Trap and Drill as their own culture. 

"It is the hedonism versus nihilism, the darkness versus joy, the glorification of wealth and banalization of violence that resonate as a response to the values, markets and structures within contemporary society in late capitalism. Often represented as apolitical, performative, or superficial, my aim with the work is to read between the lines, to reflect on the emancipatory potential of a mainstream expression of our time and how it relates to the present context of a precarious job market, institutional violence, migratory, financial and environmental crisis." - Lua Ribeira

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Agony in the Garden 

President Nayib Bukele, the self-proclaimed "world’s coolest dictator", has made El Salvador the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as its official currency. 
In March, 2022, Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak went to document Bukele's "Bitcoin nation" despite El Salvador's policy to keep its crypto operation closed to journalists. 
While there, Dworzak looked for evidence of Bukele's "Bitcoin Nation" when, in April, violence broke out between street gangs. Since then, ​Bukele has kept the nation in a State of Emergency, which has resulted in the incarceration of more than 40,000 people,

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"Bitcoin Nation" - El Salvador 

On June 24th, 2022 the US Supreme Court overturned the 50-year-old Roe vs Wade decision which had provided abortion rights across the country. This decision from the conservative-majority court will result in the loss of abortion rights for millions of American women.  
Immediately following the announcement, demonstrators took to the streets in cities across the country.

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The Overturn of Roe vs Wade 

On June 24th, 2022 the US Supreme Court overturned the 50-year-old Roe vs Wade decision which had provided abortion rights across the country. This decision from the conservative-majority court will result in the loss of abortion rights for millions of American women. 
Magnum Photographers have been documenting the national conversations around abortion  for decades.

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Abortion in America 

The Russo-Ukrainian War is an ongoing conflict between Russia and pro-Russia forces on one side and Ukraine on the other. 

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. 

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is ongoing. Irregular episodes of fighting continue to occur. In October 2021, Russia reignited concerns of a potential invasion after moving troops and military equipment to the shared border with Ukraine.

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Russo-Ukrainian Conflict