Back in June, Magnum Photos held their Annual General Meeting at our London offices.
Magnum Photos is the world’s oldest and most prestigious photographic cooperative, founded in 1947 by a group that included Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. Since 2010, IdeasTap and Magnum have worked together to provide opportunities, funding and mentoring for new photographic talent.
The Magnum AGM, which takes place every year in late June, is an extraordinary event, bringing together every living Magnum member and the agency’s international staff to discuss business and vote on whether to accept new members.
During the 2013 AGM IdeasTap members were granted exclusive access to Magnum via workshops, portfolio reviews and events. Through our Interview Magnum brief, IdeasTap members had the chance to put their questions to interview 12 photographers: David Hurn, Larry Towell Alex Webb, Moises Saman, Jonas Bendiksen, Thomas Dworzak, Bieke Depoorter, Richard Kalvar, Thomas Hoepker, Alec Soth, Nikos Economopoulos and Peter van Agtmael.
The result is IdeasTap meets Magnum – a one-off zine, in which some of Magnum’s biggest names give an insight into their motivations, career paths and creative processes, and share their advice for young photographers just starting out. Find out how Moises Saman’s approach to conflict photography has matured over the years, what the most difficult photograph David Hurn ever took is, why Peter van Agtmael thinks photography students shouldn’t listen too closely to their teachers – and much, much more.
We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!
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Image: Larry Towell gives feedback to IdeasTap members at portfolio reviews at the 2013 Magnum Annual General Meeting, London, © Ambra Vernuccio.