HOST | PHOTOGRAPHERS

MASTERCLASS 

Abbas

Iranian/French, b. 1944
Born a photographer, Abbas is an Iranian transplanted to Paris. He has dedicated himself to documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict. In his major work since 1970 he has covered wars and revolutions in Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba, and South Africa during apartheid.
From 1978 to 1980, Abbas photographed the revolution in Iran, to which he returned in 1997 after seventeen years of voluntary exile.
During his years of exile Abbas travelled constantly. Between 1983 and 1986 he journeyed through Mexico, from 1987 to 1994, he focused on the resurgence of Islam throughout the world, then on Christianity from 1995 to 2000.
Abbas’ concern with religion led him to begin a project on animism in 2000, in which he sought to discover why non-rational ritual has re-emerged in a world increasingly defined by science and technology. In 2002 he started a new long-term project about the clash of religions, defined as culture rather than faith. From 2008 until 2011 Abbas travelled the world of Buddhism. He is presently working on Hinduism. A member of Sipa from 1971 to 1973, then of Gamma from 1974 to 1980, Abbas joined Magnum Photos in 1981 and became a member in 1985.

Jonas Bendiksen

Norwegian, b. 1977
Jonas Bendiksen is Norwegian and was born in 1977. He began his career at the age of 19 as an intern at Magnum’s London office, before leaving for Russia to pursue his own work as a photojournalist. Throughout the several years he spent there, Bendiksen photographed stories from the fringes of the former Soviet Union, a project that was published as the book Satellites (2006). Here and elsewhere, he often focuses on isolated communities and enclaves. In 2005, with a grant from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, he started working on The Places We Live, a project on the growth of urban slums across the world, which combines still photography, projections and voice recordings to create three-dimensional installations.
Bendiksen has received numerous awards, including – amongst others – the 2003 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York. His editorial clients include National Geographic, Geo, Newsweek, the Independent on Sunday Review, the Sunday Times Magazine, the Telegraph Magazine, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

David Alan Harvey

American, b. 1944
Born in San Francisco, David Alan Harvey was raised in Virginia. When he was 20 he lived with and documented the lives of a black family living in Norfolk, Virginia, and the resulting book, Tell It Like It Is, was published in 1966.
Harvey went on to shoot over forty essays for National Geographic magazine. He has covered stories around the world, including projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Maya culture, Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico and Naples, and a recent feature on Nairobi.
He has published two major books, Cuba and Divided Soul, based on his extensive work on the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas, and his book Living Proof (2007) deals with hip-hop culture. His work has been exhibited widely; Workshops and seminars are an important part of his life.
Harvey is founder and editor of the award-winning Burn magazine, featuring iconic and emerging photographers in print and online. His latest book was published in 2012.
Harvey joined Magnum as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997.

Patrick Zachmann

French, b. 1955
Patrick Zachmann has been a freelance photographer since 1976 and joined Magnum Photos in 1985. He has dedicated himself to long-term projects on the cultural identity, memory and immigration of different communities.
From 1982 to 1984, he worked both on a project on highway landscapes and on the challenges of integration facing young immigrants in the northern neighbourhoods of Marseilles. In 1982, he also plunged into the violent world of the Neapolitan police and the Camorra resulting in the publication of a book.
For the next six years, Patrick Zachmann continued his research on the Chinese diaspora around the world, Between 1996 and 1998, Zachmann directed the short film La Mémoire de Mon Père (The memory of my father), followed by his first feature-length film Allers-retour: Journal d’un Photographe (Back and forth. A photographer’s diary), about the disappearing traces of memory, in Chile in particular.
2006 he began a new project entitled Chinese confusion. The same year he directed a feature film called Bar Centre des Autocars, about the destinies of ten young people whom he had known and photographed twenty years earlier, from Marseille’s poorest neighbourhoods.
He exhibited his new video and photographic project “Mare Mater” for the first time at the Mucem Museum in Marseille in 2013, on the theme of the separation of young illegal migrants coming form north Africa from their mothers and on the own mother of the photographer who migrated seventy years ago from Algeria to France.

 

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Olivia Arthur

British, b.1980
Olivia was born in London and grew up in the UK. She studied mathematics at Oxford University and photojournalism at the London College of Printing. She began working as a photographer in 2003 after moving to Delhi and was based in India for two and a half years.
In 2006 she left for Italy to take up a one-year residency with Fabrica, during which she began working on a series about women and the East-West cultural divide. This work has taken her to the border between Europe and Asia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. She has received support from the Inge Morath Award, the National Media Museum, OjodePez-PhotoEspana Award for Human Values. In 2010 she won the Vic Odden Award from the Royal Photographic Society. In the same year she co-founded Fishbar, a space for photography in London with Philipp Ebeling.

Alex Majoli

Italian, b. 1971
At the age of 15, Alex Majoli joined the F45 Studio in Ravenna, working alongside Daniele Casadio. While studying at the Art Institute in Ravenna, he joined Grazia Neri Agency and travelled to Yugoslavia where he returned many times over the next few years.
Majoli graduated from art school in 1991. Three years later, he made an intimate portrayal of the closing of an asylum for the insane on the island of Leros, Greece, a project that became the subject of his first book, Leros.
In 1995 Majoli went to South America for several months, photographing a variety of subjects for his ongoing personal project, ‘Requiem in Samba’. He started the project ‘Hotel Marinum’ in 1998, on life in harbour cities around the world.
After becoming a full member of Magnum Photos in 2001, Majoli covered the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and two years later the invasion of Iraq. He continues to document various conflicts worldwide for Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, Granta and National Geographic.
Majoli, in collaboration with Thomas Dworzak, Paolo Pellegrin and Ilkka Uimonen, had an extremely successful exhibition and installation Off Broadway in New York in 2004, which travelled to France and Germany. A recently completed project, ‘Libera me’, is a reflection on the human condition.
Alex Majoli lives and works in Amsterdam and New York.

Peter Marlow

British, b. 1952
Peter Marlow was initially one of the most enterprising and successful young British news photographers, joining the Sygma agency in Paris in 1976, though he is not a photojournalist. He soon found that he lacked the necessary appetite for the job while on assignment in Lebanon and Northern Ireland during the late 1970s; he discovered that the stereotype of the concerned photojournalist disguised the disheartening reality of dog-eat-dog competition between photographers hunting fame at all costs.
Since those days, Marlow has changed to color photography, but his approach is unchanged. The color of incidental things became central to his pictures in the same way that the shape and mark of things had been central to his black-and-white work.
Marlow started his career as an international photojournalist, returned to Britain to examine his own experience, and discovered a new visual poetry that enabled him to understand his homeland. Having found this poetry, he has taken it back on the road: he now photographs as much in Japan, the USA and elsewhere in Europe as he does in the UK.

Moises Saman

Spanish, American. b. 1974
Born in Lima, Peru, in 1974, Moises Saman relocated with his family to Barcelona, Spain at age of 1. He studied Communications and Sociology in the United States at California State University and became interested in photography in 1998, influenced by the work of a number of photojournalists that had been covering the wars in the Balkans.
Moises interned at several small newspapers in California, and after moving to New York City also at New York Newsday newspaper. He spent a month travelling in Kosovo photographing the immediate aftermath of the last Balkan war.
From 2000 to 2007 Moises joined Newsday as a Staff Photographer and focused on covering the fallout of the 9/11 attacks, spending most of his time travelling between Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries.
After leaving Newsday in 2007 he was represented by Panos Pictures and contributed regularly for The New York Times, Human Rights Watch, Newsweek, and TIME Magazine, among other international publications.
He received numerous awards and exhibited in several institutions worldwide. In 2010 Moises joined Magnum Photos and he now lives between Cairo and New York City.