The New Elite of Documentary Photography
Magnum Photos gets an infusion of “New Blood.” http://slate.me/1OJnksT
- •Any aspiring photographer would happily trade a toe or two for an invitation to Magnum Photos.
- •For 69 years, the legendary international cooperative has pushed the limits of creative storytelling.Now, it’s opening its ranks to an unprecedented influx of new talent.
- •Six nominees showcased their work for the recently completed “Magnum Photos: New Blood” exhibition at Milk Gallery in New York.They’ll need to hone their portfolios and techniques for years before they achieve full membership.
- •Five of the photographers were admitted in 2015, and one was accepted in 2014.It’s the largest crop of initiates in Magnum Photos’ history.
- •All the artists are documentary photographers, but their styles and focuses are vastly different.
- •For example, Matt Black conducted a project about American poverty entirely on Instagram.
- •Newsha Tavakolian, a self-taught photographer from Iran, is a seasoned reporter with an artist’s flair.
- •And New Dehli-based Sohrab Hura investigates mental health and rural life in his frenetic black-and-white shots.
- •With so many unique and talented photographers entering the fold, it’s an exciting time for Magnum Photos.
- •“It shows Magnum is really committed to pushing the genres of what photography can be,” says Song Chong, director of Milk Gallery.