New Magnum Photos Nominee Members
As mentioned earlier the 58th Annual General Meeting of Magnum Photos was held last week in Paris. The photographers meet once a year, during the last weekend in June, in New York, Paris or London, to discuss Magnum's affairs. One day at this meeting is set aside for considering and voting on potential new members' portfolios.
Chris Anderson, Geert van Keesteren, Simon Wheatley and Christina García Rodero have been accepted into Magnum as nominee members.
Beside that Paolo Pellegrin was elected as a full member of the agency after being an associate member, Trent Parke and Mark Power are associate members now (after being nominees).
Chris Anderson is a New York City based photographer and was with the VII photo agency until he resigned to apply for Magnum. One of the last awards he received was the 1st place as Magazine Photographer of the year. You can view his 40 winning images of this contest here.
Geert van Keesteren, a dutch photographer won third place in World Press Photo's 2005 competition for spot news stories with an essay about raids on the homes of suspected militants in Iraq. These images can be seen here.
Simon Wheatley from the U.K. has documented youth culture and kids living in poor areas of London and Amsterdam. A part of his very interesting work can be found on his website.
And last but not least we've got Christina García Rodero from Spain as a new Magnum nominee. She spent over 16 years photographing popular and traditional festivities and religion in Spain and Mediterranean Europe. Parts of her work can be found here.
I would have loved to attend the AGM in Paris, sneaking around with my camera listening to the dicussions between photographers, seeing why portfolios have been choosen and others were not. The AGM is called to be a very exciting meeting in all ways. People laugh, people cry, heated discussions as well as amicably conversations. Isn't the diversity a distinction of life. And of course it's a distinction of Magnum as well.
Posted by Martin Fuchs on July 1, 2005 09:20 PM