Members of Magnum Photos held their annual general meeting this week at the Rencontres D’Arles photo festival in France, and selected three new nominees for the photo collective. The three are varied not only in their experience but in the kind of work they do.

They are:
Zoe Strauss, a photographer based in Philadelphia who describes her work as focusing on “the beauty and struggle of everyday life.” This year Strauss was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. From 2001 to 2010, Strauss hosted an annual, one-day exhibition, installing her work on pillars below an I-95 overpass in her neighborhood in South Philadelphia.

Jerome Sessini, a documentary photographer based in Paris. Previously represented by Reportage by Getty Images, Sessini has covered conflict and humanitarian crises in the Balkans, Somalia, Haiti, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere. He won the 2010 F Award for Concerned Photography for his work on drug related violence along the Mexico-US border.

 Bieker Depoorter, a Belgian photojournalist who got her masters in photography in 2009. Accepted to the 2012 Joop Swart Masterclass, Depoorter produced a project, “Ou Menya,” while traveling via the Trans Siberian railroad and staying in strangers’ homes. She is working on a similar series in the US.

The work of these three photographers might represent the different kinds of work now produced by Magnum members. Two years ago when we reported on Magnum’s choice of two news photographers as nominees,  Alec Soth, a Magnum photographer, wrote us to say: “One of the reasons I wanted to be in Magnum is because of the diversity of approaches to the medium. There is such a broad spectrum within the agency that these lines between ‘art’ and ‘photojournalism’ have blurred beyond recognition.”

It’s interesting that women make up two thirds of this year’s nominees. That’s a much higher proportion of women than in Magnum’s current roster: (A list of Magnum members and associates is here.)

Magnum also announced that Jacob Aue Sobol has become a full member of the cooperative; Moises Saman is now an associate member.

More information on the annual general meeting can be found on the Magnum Photos web site.

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