Turning Points: Life-Changing Moments by Magnum Photographers - Photographs and texts courtesy of Magnum Photos | LensCulture

From iconic images of major world events, to intimate moments of pleasure and delight — here is an outstanding selection of remarkable images from Magnum Photos — each with a personal story

Photographing Past Stereotype

The evolution of the photographer Cristina De Middel maps the complex process of shedding clichés.

In 2015, the Spanish-Belgian photographer Cristina De Middel posed herself an obvious but underasked question. In most photographic projects about sex work, it is the faces and bodies of women we see: their strength, weakness, courage and suffering. Where are the men? De Middel wanted to interview men who had paid for sex and photograph them in the kinds of hotel rooms to which they would take female sex workers. So she put an ad in Extra and O Dia, two local newspapers in Rio de Janeiro. She was astonished by the volume of response: More than 100 men showed interest.

Muchismo: Cristina de Middel’s retrospective – The Eye of Photography

Cristina de Middel, one of the most singular and prolific photographers in the world, has carried out numerous projects since her successful series The Afronauts in 2012. A former journalist, for the past several years she has been pursuing personal research, following a more conceptual approach and gradually abandoning the press for the art world. In 2017, she is a Magnum Photos nominee and received the National Photography Prize awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In her exhibition Muchismo, installed in Madrid in June 2017, Cristina de Middel decided to revisit the totality of her work and display it just the way she keeps it in her studio, that is without any apparent order and crowded together. The exhibition features over 400 images made in Zambia, Brazil, Lagos, India, the Niger… This monographic exhibition is part of the Vagamondes Festival in Mulhouse, France, and is curated by the writer and curator Christian Caujolle.

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Until 2013, Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel had never been to Africa, despite producing the critically acclaimed book, The Afronauts, a work of photographic fiction based on the true story of Zambia’s 1960s failed space program. “I was talking about Africa without having ever been,” she tells TIME. So, when the Lagos Photo Festival offered to show her work in Nigeria, she jumped at the opportunity. “They invited me to stay as much as I wanted, and asked me whether I’d consider doing another project about Africa.”

Deutsche Börse Announces Shortlist for 2013 Photography Prize | PDNPulse

The four finalists for the 2013 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, which comes with a 30,000 pound (about $48,000 US) award, have been announced. They are: Mishka Henner, Cristina de Middel, Chris Killip and the duo of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. T

"Mishka Henner, Cristina de Middel, Chris Killip and the duo of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin"