Magnum Photos x Vice
I admit before I started interning at Magnum Photos I hardly new anything about their newer generation of photographers. It seems like there’s this huge gap in age – as a Magnum photographer either you’re born in the 1940s or earlier, or after the 70s. So I didn’t really know Peter van Agtmael before the day he showed up in our office, either (shame on me), and other than showing him where to find photo books here in Tokyo, there was not much time to learn more from him. So I did my research later and found the interview Vice magazine did with him.
As some of you probably already know, Vice magazine teamed up with Magnum Photos in March and features some of their photographers in an ongoing interview series called Vice loves Magnum. The interviews feature so far mainly the young generation of photographers of this historic cooperation – which I personally find very refreshing, since so much has already been written about the “old masters” like Henri Cartier-Bresson or Robert Capa, it’s time to move on.
On twitter and in the blogosphere the teaming up of Vice and Magnum has not been without some – at times harsh – criticism. Most of this criticism essentially goes in the direction of a high-quality “institution” like Magnum Photos being devaluated by sitting in the same boat with a “low-level” publication like Vice magazine. This sounds to me like the usual Internet whining of people having problems with adjusting to change. Get over it, the past won’t change. I never really read anything by Vice in depth other than the Magnum features, so I can’t put my hand in fire for the rest, but the interviews are definitely worth reading and sparked my hopes in the new generation of Magnum photographers.
Needless to say, I’m very curious about how this transition will go. This week in London is the big annual general meeting, where all Magnum photographers get together and discuss their future. Also, we will know if Peter van Agtmael will be accepted as a full member, further contributing to secure a bright new future of Magnum. Good luck, Peter.
P.S: They did the inaugural interview of the series with one of my absolute favorites of the “new generation” – Christopher Anderson – titled The Way Christopher Anderson Sees The World Is Amazing. His color photography is on the best way to be a huge influence on the way I see the world.