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Launch of Magnum Photos Blog

Dear All,

I’m happy to announce the launch of the Magnum Photos blog, which can now be viewed through the Magnum website.

The blog will illuminate the stories behind the images, explore the motivations behind the projects, discuss the systematic issues that affect all photographers, and explore the industrial and societal changes that inform our expectations of photography. The blog will feature commentary both by Magnum photographers, Magnum staff and others connected to our industry. And last but not least, it is intended as a forum for debate, criticism, and ideas.

Please have a look at the Magnum site, or directly at http://blog.magnumphotos.com

The blog is edited by Magnum-in-Motion staff Ann Tornquist, and was designed by Martin Fuchs.

Welcome to all, and hope to see your comments,

Jonas Bendiksen

by [a former member] at 2007-02-09 16:01:38 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) New York , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Jonas: :))))…thanks for letting us knows. For me (as a photographer, writer, viewer/reader), its a brillant idea (something i always hoped LS would become like): a way for photogs to talk about the images/experiences/etc: to riff upon and breath-into the life of our working-waking state….and i love the idea as a forum for discussion/debate…just as with LS, it also removes the “stately” veneer away from Magnum: that we’re all just women and men, alive, doing a job, thinking: not some kings/queens removed :)))))…i read your and Paolo’s “essay”: great stuff…

will have a longer look tomorrow :)))…cheers

thanks for sharing: thanks for ana and martin for making it happen :)))


p.s. I love that your essay is about the “ancillary”: the act of flying as part of the profession and the possible contribution of environmental harm…its another brillant-mad idea: that, as photographers (as humans) it is important and refreshing to think about all we do: the consequential life of our waking…..though you might be too hard on yourself, i love that this is the point of your essay: life tissues connected: the web of our actions….cheers, b

by [former member] | 09 Feb 2007 16:02 (ed. Feb 9 2007) | toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
Sounds good, I look forward to the opportunity to see some new work and throw a few ideas around in the process.

by [former member] | 09 Feb 2007 16:02 | Chocolate City, United States | | Report spam→
Looks very good. I like all the entries so far, nice and eclectic. Your piece is quite thoughtful Jonas and well written. I may have some thoughts to add eventually. Anyway, I have linked it up to Spark of Accident and expect to be checking in regularly.

Anarchy images has a similar thing planned, Viewfinder, which is still being fine tuned, but should be up and running soon.

by Jon Anderson | 09 Feb 2007 17:02 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
I think that’s really eye-opening and irresponsible of the editor to tell you that you should pay for carbon emission offsets yourself! Magazines DO have money, they have the extra $200! I will also say, that although I am environmentally conscious, it will take a good deal more flying for me to be at the point you are at. At this point, I jump at any chance I get to head to a far-off locale.

Also, although the blog and Lightstalkers etc. are great, there is a tendency these days towards over thinking and writing and too much communication! We already spend all sorts of time writing e-mails, researching and processing images on our computers! While it’s great to hear the back story on some famous image, it’s also important for all of us to just get out and simply shoot! I, for one, will be limiting my time on Lightstalkers etc. There comes a point when musing publicly about black and white developers etc. just gets out of control! There just seems to be so much extra chatter these days with the web. I feel I could use a break from it all—thinking so much about photography all of the time! I think meditation would do me more good than blogging or writing all of this here on Lighstalkers!

by Davin Ellicson | 10 Feb 2007 04:02 (ed. Feb 10 2007) | Gt. Barrington, Massachusetts, United States | | Report spam→
Hi all,

Thanks for your comments, much appreciated. I look forward to seeing this develop.

And if you have any thoughts about us photographers and our carbon debt, please post your comments on the site, I’m looking for all considered opinions on this!

All the best, and take care,


by [former member] | 12 Feb 2007 18:02 | New York, United States | | Report spam→

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