The legendary images company Magnum wins the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord | EUROtoday

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There had been 5 photographers – Robert Capa, David Chim Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, Bill Vandivert, Maria Eisner and Rita Vandivert. Each one contributed a capital of 400 {dollars}. And with that cash they based one of many first images cooperatives on the earth. Magnum started filming in 1947. It quickly established itself as the house of the very best photojournalism., selling documentation and reporting, including the very best, the very best. Calling for dedicated, truthful journalism, endowed with rigor. The world of pictures inaugurated an expedition in Magnum that’s nonetheless ongoing. It continues to be the legendary company and has the very best reporters, however not solely that: within the final decade it has widened its channel and artists, at a gradual tempo, have additionally entered this Vatican of images, now blessed with the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord 2024.

At the pinnacle of the company is the Spanish Cristina de Middel (Alicante, 1975). She has been within the presidency since 2016. She A number of hours in the past, within the boarding line of a aircraft certain for New York, she responded with a voice audio to EL MUNDO: “This award is an honor for Magnum. And more in a moment in which photography, the press and communication at a global level are so touched by extremisms, due to the new technological challenges that threaten photography so much. At the agency we are very satisfied to see, once again, how institutions such as the Princess of Asturias Foundation recognize Magnum's efforts in so many years of activity. And as a Spaniard, it makes me especially excited.. “On the day of the award ceremony, most of the company's photographers will likely be in Oviedo to obtain this award.”

Considered the best photography agency in the world, Magnum professionals have left some of the most revealing images of the second half of the 20th century around the world. Where there is conflict there is a magnum. Where there are people, a magnum. Where no one goes, a man looks out with the camera. magnum. From the beginning, photojournalists (Capa) coexisted with artists (Cartier-Bresson). And that YOU has not been lost. In 2024, Cristina Garca Rodero (the first Spaniard to join this team) and the war photojournalist Thomas Dworzak coexist equally. The vibrant and elusive Antoine D'Agata is the same as Steve McCurry. The photographers' paradise has almost 50 tenants.

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The Spanish photographer and member of Magnum, Cristina García Rodero, in Madrid.EUROPA PRESS

Of those chosen, the youngest is Nanna Hetimann, a 30-year-old Russian-German, with purely documentary work. And then the Lebanese Myriam Boulos, 32, with a very contemporary language from a gender perspective. The challenges of Artificial Intelligence, hoaxes or fake news and other threats to truth and clarity are among Magnum's concerns. And on his roadmap. And in his work sessions in collaboration with other agencies. “Everything must be executed and it’s a harmful second”, said de Middel in an interview a year ago in this newspaper. “We see it with some hoaxes that attain the media and unfold with out downside. This is like giving a machine gun to a monkey. If they frequently feed us with manipulated images in traditional format, think about the probabilities of AI.”

The presence in Africa and Latin America is also one of the points to be reinforced within its strategy of being a global telescope and a total microscope. This is the second time that Magnum has taken part in the Princess of Asturias awards. American photographer James Nachtwey received the award in the Communication and Humanities category in 2016. Nachtwey is one of the agency's coastal beacons. It has been the eye of wars and ferocious conflicts in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Lebanon, Israel, Gaza, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Kosovo, Romania… And it represents that other side of Magnum: that of someone who enters the worst of the places to tell those outside what happens inside. Because that's the agency's job. Not only that one, but mainly that one: search and say that the world is not always well made. Almost never, exactly.