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February 23, 2007
Magnum recently upped the ante in promoting their work and the individual points of view of their photographers worldwide. Now you can read notes from the field at blog.magnumphotos.com. There are only ten entries to date, since the launch in December 2006, including reports from Ann Tornkvist, Chris Steele-Perkins, Constantine Manos, Jonas Bendiksen, Martin Parr, Pablo Inirio, Paolo Pellegrin, and Stephen Bulger.
While Magnum photographer Alec Soth seems to thrive by writing in his personal blog, I imagine it is like trying to pull teeth to get these other busy superstars to sit still and write a thoughtful column.
But the planned editorial grid looks great and ambitious:
Behind the image
What happened as the shutter clicked
Behind the project
The bigger story behind a project
From the field
Stories from around the world
Stories from the people who work at Magnum
Understanding the trade
From magazines to galleries, photographs' many lives
And Magnum's audio-visual podcasts are slick as commercials that build on the mystery and status of the agency.