ARTSY: Zoe Strauss Nominated For Membership In The Illustrious Magnum Photo Cooperative


THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Zoe Strauss, Jerome Sessini and Bieke Depoorter are Magnum’s newest nominees. Strauss is particularly known for The Billboard Project, a series of photos displayed on 54 separate billboards, traversing dozens of neighbours in Philadelphia. Strauss took the images during her travels around the US, including Grand Isle Beach in the Gulf of Mexico, Venice Beach in California, Rosedale, Mississippi, and Fairbanks, Alaska. MORE

RELATED: Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative owned by its photographer-members, with offices located in New York, Paris, London and Tokyo. According to co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually.” The Magnum cooperative has included photojournalists from across the world and has covered many historical events of the 20th century. The cooperative’s archive includes photographs depicting family life, drugs, religion, war, poverty, famine, crime, government and celebrities. Magnum In Motion is the multimedia offshoot of Magnum Photos, based in New York City. The name “Magnum” was chosen because the founding members always drank a bottle of champagne during the first meetings. MORE

PREVIOUSLY: Last Friday, an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception. There, they danced to the sounds of a Marine Corps band; they dined on crab cakes and canapés; they hand-delivered letters from concerned citizens like this 18-year old who has had four people close to him gunned down, and noted rhyming raconteur CA Conrad; and some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger. MORE