Magnum is a kind of dream world, I imagine it as a real community… It’s a photographic agency with a strong humanistic ethos, which keeps inspiring and educating photographers and viewers for so many decades. A personal point of reference for rethinking photography, judging work and light up imagination.
Three new photographers were nominated for membership in Magnum this year, after a long deliberation during the AGM last June: Allessandra Sanguinetti, Michael Subotzky and Jacob Aue Sobol (The road to full membership passes through the succesfull completion of both, a nominee and an associate stage -lasting 2 years each).
Let’s highlight a brief instance in their personal trajectory.
Jacob Aue Sobol became known when moved from Denmark to Greenland in order to document an isolated fishing village, gave up few weeks after, but ended up to soon return back and create some captivating images of that society, and mostly his love affair with a local girl. Sabine, the resultant book was published last year. Photos from Sabine, as well as personal notes and reviews, can be found in his website www.auesobol.dk , or by clicking the picture above.
Alessandra Sanguinetti has been featured in many publications recently and achieved wide acclaim for her project The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams. She met Guille and Belinda two young cousins, ten and nine years old respectively, while she was working in some remote Argentinean farms for another project. The final photographs, taken within a period of 5 years, portray a process of growing up, but through an innovative angle by focusing on the psychological world of those young girls. In her own words, “the time when their dreams, fantasies, and fears would fuse seamlessly with real day-to-day life are ending, and the photographs I have made intend to crystallize this rapidly disappearing very personal and free space” (read further in the website of Light Work, where ‘The adventures…’ were previously exhibited). And visit her website to view this and her other projects by clicking at the image above or following this link www.alessandrasanguinetti.com.
Mikhael Subotzky, 25 years old, has already made a great impression, especially with his final university project on the prison system in South Africa, Die Vier Hoeke (The Four Corners). The photographs from this project can be seen in his website, or by clicking the panoramic image below which is part of his work.
In the first picture of the presentation, Nelson Mandela is quoted: “It is said that no one trully knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” It reminds me something that Zygmunt Bauman said in a recent interview, that we need to critically view a society, even if there seem to be only few weak points, the same as we judge a bridge by how strong all its pillars are and not the majority of them.