Tag: Alex Majoli

  • Coronavirus in Italy: Scenes From the Eye of the Storm | Vanity Fair

    With Italy reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and 60 million people across the nation ordered to remain indoors, a documentary photographer ventured out to record the quiet desolation of a modern plague.
  • All the world’s a stage in these photos of the ‘theater of life’ – The Washington Post

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    All the world’s a stage in these photos of the ‘theater of life’ – The Washington Post

    Alex Majoli has been a member of the legendary photo cooperative Magnum Photos for well over a decade. During that time, he has been so many places, including the conflict zones of Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza and the streets of Egypt and Tunisia during the Arab Spring. He has also written several books, such as “Leros,” an examination of a psychiatric hospital on the Greek island of Leros; “Congo,” a collaborative work with fellow photographer Paolo Pellegrin about the African nation; and “Libera Me,” an interpretive book inspired by Luigi Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” in which Majoli meditates on the notion that we are all “actors of life.” Majoli’s newest work continues to look at the idea that life is theatrical, but on a much larger scale. This work is on display at Le Bal in Paris until April 28. The work is also published in book form by Le Bal and Mack.

  • Alex Majoli : « Today, the world is covered with images »

    Alex Majoli : « Today, the world is covered with images »

    The Italian-born photographer presents his “Scene” series at the BAL in Paris until April 28th. Armed with an imposing device made with electronic flashes as in a studio, Alex Majoli catches the image of a group of people in strong situations, sometimes in events of the news. It questions the way of doing photojournalism today and tries to capture the theatricality of the world. He gave an interview to The Eye of Photography.

  • Edmund Clark and Alex Majoli both receive Smith Fund Fellowship – The Eye of Photography

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    Edmund Clark and Alex Majoli both receive Smith Fund Fellowship – The Eye of Photography

    This year, as photographer Daniel Castro Garcia received the Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the jury has decided to give the Smith Fund Fellowship not to one but two photographers. Edmund Clark and Alex Majoli were in fact honored this Wednesday night at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theater in New York City, each receiving a $5,000 to fund their work.

  • Alex Majoli, Skēnē – The Eye of Photography

    Alex Majoli, Skēnē

    Italian photographer Alex Majoli documents the thin line between reality and theatre in a series of photographs, which will be on view from February 16 – April 1, 2017 at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. The photographs, made in Congo, Egypt, Greece, Germany, India, China, and Brazil between 2010 and 2016, explore the human condition and call into question darker elements of society. The title of the exhibition, SKĒNĒ, refers to a structure forming the backdrop of an ancient Greek theater

  • Photographer Alex Majoli on Paris terror attacks – CNN.com

    Photographer Alex Majoli on Paris terror attacks

    On Friday, a series of terrorist attacks in Paris left the city in a state of blue, red and white: stricken with sadness, buried in blood and praying for peace. Magnum photographer Alex Majoli was having dinner with a friend that night at Chez Omar, just two blocks away from the Bataclan music venue where men with AK-47 assault rifles opened fire.

  • A Tragedy Unfolds on Lesvos – The New Yorker

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    Alex Majoli’s photographs are shot digitally, with a strong flash, to create “theatre out of reality,” as he puts it. Drawing influence from the Italian absurdist Luigi Pirandello, Majoli uses his lens to capture the increasingly surreal geopolitical landscape of Europe today

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    Now Is The Time


    a photography and video commission started in 2013 with the work of Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alex Majoli, Jonas Bendiksen, Olivia Arthur and Gueorgui Pinkhassov

  • Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin photograph the Republic of the Congo in their book, Congo.

    Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin photograph the Republic of the Congo in their book, Congo.

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    Compared to its larger Central African neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo has not been widely documented. Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin provide plenty of visual records in their book, Congo, which Aperture published in May, but they don’t seek to illuminate much, at least in terms of names, places, and historical context. Their photographs, a mix of captivating city scenes and tropical landscapes, are uncaptioned and untitled. An interview with Majoli over email yielded little more in the way of concrete information. Their goal, he said, was to leave viewers with only “what is necessary” to draw their own conclusions—namely, images—and nothing more.

  • Collective book: Congo by Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli published by Aperture – The Eye of Photography

    Collective book: Congo by Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli published by Aperture

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    Magnum photographers Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli present a collaborative document of the Congo and its people. Bringing together the best of each photographer’s personal styles as well as experimental forays into abstraction and collage, this volume captures what Alain Mabanckou describes as a full range of the landscape, “from urban scenes to great forests and back, reflecting the way it is in most African societies today.” With no captions or individual photo credits, the densely printed images—presented on full-bleed pages, as gatefolds, or as double-spread gatefolds—become wholly immersive.

  • Nothing but Pictures: Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin’s “Congo” – The New Yorker

    Nothing but Pictures: Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin’s “Congo”

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    There are a lot of great pictures in the colossal new book “Congo” (Aperture, 2015), by the photographers Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin: pictures of immense panoramic scope and texture, pictures of deep, elaborate landscapes and of the human dramas that play out across them, scenes of labor, scenes of commerce, scenes of festivity, and scenes of tranquility, crowd scenes and portraits, interiors and exteriors, urban, rural, and wilderness, day and night, life and death.

  • See Photos from the Mad Men Set

    Link: See Photos from the Mad Men Set – LightBox

    “The whole shoot was fascinating,” Majoli told Lightbox. “[The show’s creator] Matthew Weiner is so meticulous in his job that you want to be equally diligent. It’s all about trust — the more trust you receive, the more responsible you feel to give it your very best.

  • Leica & Magnum — Portrait of Alex Majoli

  • Cesuralab’s Micalizzi and Majoli photograph the Egyptian revolution | dvafoto


    This morning I saw Newsweek’s gallery of remarkable images Alex Majoli took in Cairo last week: “The Agony and the Ecstasy”. A few minutes later I got an email from a friend at Cesuralab inviting me to look at a series of pictures by photographer Gabriele Micalizzi also from Egypt.

    Link: Cesuralab’s Micalizzi and Majoli photograph the Egyptian revolution | dvafoto
  • Magnum On Georgia, For Georgia


    Link: Magnum On Georgia, For Georgia:

    This month Magnum Photos releases Georgian Spring: A Magnum Journal, a group project for which ten photographers—Thomas Dworzak, Martine Franck, Mark Power, Alex Majoli, Martin Parr, Alec Soth, Jonas Bendiksen, Antoine D’Agata, Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Paolo Pellegrin—traveled to the Eastern European country to document the contemporary culture and national identity. The book is curated and published by Chris Boot, a former Magnum director in London.

  • meeting Alex Majoli (part 2)

    The F Blog: meeting Alex Majoli (part 2)

    I’m asking them: “hey, why you’re sitting?” Why you don’t use it? They keep philosophying on photography instead. “C’mon guys! Move the ass now! Make some pictures!” And they sit, they criticise other photographers! I mean” “who are you man?!” And it’s common within young photographers, I can’t understand that!

  • The F Blog: meeting photographers: Alex Majoli


    From The F Blog: meeting photographers: Alex Majoli:

    Mr Majoli, how would you describe your work? You are photographer, photojournalist, war-photographer, or documentary photographer…?

    Check it out here.

    via dvafoto.

  • Access to Life


    In Access to Life, eight Magnum photographers portray people in nine countries around the world before and four months after they began antiretroviral treatment for AIDS. Paolo Pellegrin in Mali, Alex Majoli in Russia, Larry Towell in Swaziland and South Africa, Jim Goldberg in India, Gilles Peress in Rwanda, Jonas Bendiksen in Haiti, Steve McCurry in Vietnam and Eli Reed in Peru

    Check it out here.

  • PDN Pulse- Photographers Evicted from Brooklyn "Kibbutz"

    PDNPulse: “Paolo Pellegrin, David Alan Harvey, Alex Majoli, Robert Clark, Stanley Greene and Kadir van Lohuizen are among the photographers who had to evacuate their building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn on Sunday due to fire hazards and building code violations. An AP story reports that the loft building at 475 Kent Street – affectionately referred to as ‘the kibbutz’ among the photojournalists who have lived, partied or slept on couches there – was evacuated Sunday night after two silos of grain were discovered in the basement. In addition to being infested with rats, the grain is also a fire hazard, according to New York’s Office of Emergency Management, which has been coordinating the effort to clear the building. Tenants report that a bakery that makes matzoh had been operating without a license in the building.”

  • 9 reasons I have a crush on Alex Majoli

    Alec Soth’s blog: 1) In 2004 I applied to Magnum. The night before the members voted on my application I attended a Magnum party in New York. The room was packed with great photographers from around the world. I was intimidated. One photographer approached me and said, “I just want to tell you that I don’t like your pictures and I’m not voting for you.” Scrambling for the door, I was stopped by Alex Majoli. Majoli is tall (I’m guessing 6’5”), Italian, and looks the way a photographer should look. I prepared myself for another lashing. Instead, he grabbed my face in his enormous hand and said “Good pictures, good pictures.” Here.