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International Women’s Day 2024

This year, Newsha Tavakolian curates a selection of images by the women photographers of Magnum in celebration of International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8. 

Abrau Peninsula, Black Sea, Russia, 2021. © Nanna Heitmann / Magnum Photos

At night, the dark figure of a woman is seen standing out on the shoreline between Russia and the Black Sea. Eyes closed, she holds out a burning flame, the only light to illuminate the scene, almost as an offering to the breaking waves of the vast ocean. The moment, captured by Nanna Heitmann in 2019, is the first of a selection of images curated by Newsha Tavakolian to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day.

Tavakolian has explored the Magnum archive, selecting one image from each woman photographer of Magnum, spanning from Eve Arnold who was the first woman photographer to join Magnum Photos in 1951 to Beirut-based Myriam Boulos who joined the cooperative seventy years later in 2021.  

“For centuries women artists weren’t taken seriously,” Tavakolian writes. “On this International Women’s Day, today, I want to salute those who opened the way for women photographers and cheer on the new generation.

“A female awakening is ongoing everywhere. Let us all lift each other up and move forward. As we say in Persian ‘one clap doesn’t make a sound.’ Let’s all make ourselves heard. Happy Women’s Day to everyone!” 

USA/Mexican Border, 10:00 am. Caught heading north along Interstate 5. From the series “CROSSINGS.” San Diego County, USA, 1989. © Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos

Cow in chute. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1997. © Alessandra Sanguinetti / Magnum Photos

Melilla, 2019. From the project “Los Afortunados.” © Lúa Ribeira / Magnum Photos

Dior Cruise collection for CRASH Magazine’s 100th issue, titled “Time Capsule.” France, 2023. © Olivia Arthur / Magnum Photos

Villagers looking at slides of themselves. Yumthang, North Sikkim, 1971. © Marilyn Silverstone / Magnum Photos

Beach run by Club Med. Agadir, Morocco, 1976. © Martine Franck / Magnum Photos

The volcano Popocatépetl is one of the 14 active volcanoes in Mexico. It has been in constant eruption since 2014. Benito Juarez, whose image is framing the volcano was the first indigenous preside (…) 

“As we say in Persian ‘one clap doesn’t make a sound.’ Let’s all make ourselves heard.”

– Newsha Tavakolian

Julie Newmar. USA, 1961. © Inge Morath / Magnum Photos

Portrait of a female journalist in Tehran. Iran, 2017. © Newsha Tavakolian / Magnum Photos

Centerfold (Wallace). From the series “Men Untitled.” © Carolyn Drake / Magnum Photos

A young boy sitting after circumcision. Istanbul, Turkey, 2022. © Sabiha Çimen / Magnum Photos

Bar girl in the red light district. Havana, Cuba, 1954. © Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos

Madrid, Spain, 1994. © Cristina García Rodero / Magnum Photos

What’s ours. Beirut, Lebanon, June 2020. © Myriam Boulos / Magnum Photos

Al-Zahraa, Cairo, Egypt. © Bieke Depoorter / Magnum Photos. Translation of written text: – At first I thought that this is a very religious family, but it’s not, because there are a lot of pict (…) 

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