Kazakhstan. Zhetisay. 2009. Hotel room.
A photo by Carolyn Drake, one of legendary photography agency Magnum's six new nominees.

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4.8.2016

Legendary Agency Magnum Photos Brings New Talent To Milk Gallery

For sixty-nine years, photography agency Magnum Photos has risen above the pack to bring the world the absolute best from their exclusive collective of documentary photographers. Hailing from countries all across the world, the members have captured most of the historical events from the 20th century, and they’ve become champions of photographic authorship and copyright. Now, Magnum is heading to Milk Gallery for a historic presentation of the newest members of the collective’s exclusive club. Magnum Photos: New Blood will showcase the works of the photographers who have emerged from a years-long process of portfolio development and scrutiny to become the next best class of documentarians. They might turn out to be star Magnum photographers, like legendary lensmen Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martin Parr.

USA. Allensworth, California. 2014. Fence post. Allensworth has a population of 471 and 54% live below the poverty level.
A work by Magnum nominee Matt Black, shot in Allensworth, California, in 2014. Allensworth has a population of 471 and 54% live below the poverty level.

For the first time in their history, six different photographers have been chosen to join Magnum’s ranks, and showcase their work in the Milk Gallery. This year, the nominees include: Matt Black , Carolyn Drake, Sohrab Hura, Lorenzo Meloni, Max Pinckers, and Newsha Tavakolian. The new Magnum photographers come from all over the globe, from Belgium to India to Italy to Iran. They’ve captured everything from central India and the Middle East’s political unrest, to female Kurdish fighters and the streets of Japan. The lensmen (and women) have globe-hopped in search of stories to capture, which is what makes their craft so unique.

Shot by Magnum inductee Newsha Tavakolian, shot in Tehran in 2014. A sculpture of the head of a woman in a sculpting workshop.
Shot by Magnum nominee Newsha Tavakolian, shot in Tehran in 2014. A sculpture of the head of a woman in a sculpting workshop.

“I think what makes them really special is that these are photographers that are taking a lot of time to be thoughtful, and meaningful about the kind of images that they’re creating,” Milk Gallery Director Song Chong explained. “They all work on longterm documentary projects, so it shows the longevity of the vision, and that stories are narrative in form. I think it’s about pursuing a personal vision, from concept to exhibition.”

Starting April 13 and running through May 8, MAGNUM PHOTOS: NEW BLOOD will showcase forty-six works from the new class of documentary photographers.

Stay tuned to Milk for more from Magnum’s new class.

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