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Bruno Barbey
When I first visited Shanghai in 1973 , the city had only three French residents; a businessman who was honorary consul; a banker and a young teacher doing his cooperative service. It was the end of the Cultural Revolution and the resulting tragedies. My guide was a Red Guard. At that period China was close to foreigners. I was covering the official visit of president Georges Pompidou and was thu Read full story
Oct 24, 2017
From photographing presidents Barack Obama & Donald Trump to his intimate documentation of his wife and children, Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson is one of the most accomplished contemporary portrait photographers. In this discussion, Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, Sabina Jaskot-Gill joins Christopher Anderson to explore what makes a compelling photographic portrait.... More...
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Nov 21, 2017
On assignment for French daily newspaper Libération, Peter Van Agtmael photographed legendary American jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Through the course of his career, the 87 year old musician has had a major influence on jazz giants like Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis, who was also a close friend. Davis said he admired Jamal’s “concept of space, his lightness... More...
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Nov 20, 2017
On the evening of November 12th a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border region resulting in 7,500 injuries and at least 500 fatalities. It’s the deadliest earthquake of 2017. The damage was especially high near the epicenter in Iran’s western Kermanshah province. 70,000 people lost their homes and have had to seek alternate shelter as temperatures in this mountainous region have been... More...
From the Archive
Nov 20, 2017
Charles Manson, murderer and leader of the infamous Manson Family, died Sunday November 19th at the age of 83. Convicted for nine murders in total, his most famous victim was Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of Roman Polanski.

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Nov 20, 2017
On November 16th it was announced that 210,000 gallons of oil has leaked from the Keystone Pipeline. This is the largest spill from the controversial pipeline to date.
Magnum photographers have been documenting opposition to the creation of the pipeline, notably Larry Towell who's made four trips to the region.

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