Magnum Announces Just One Nominee, Welcomes Olivia Arthur and Peter van Agtmael as Full Members

Magnum Photos has announced that just one photographer, Michael Christopher Brown, will join the agency as a nominee this year. Olivia Arthur and Peter van Agtmael will become full members of the agency, and Alex Majoli will continue as president of Magnum Photos.

The announcements were made this afternoon following Magnum’s annual general meeting last week in London.

Michael Christopher Brown, who is from Washington State, has recently worked in Libya and Congo and his clients include The New York Times, GEO, Time and The Atlantic. He was one of the subjects of HBO’s “Witness” documentary series on conflict photography.

Olivia Arthur joined Magnum in 2008 and was made an associate of the agency in 2011. Her recent work is focused on Saudi Arabia, particularly the lives of women. In 2012 she published a book of her work, called Jeddah Diary.

Like Arthur, Peter Van Agtmael joined Magnum in 2008 as a nominee and was voted an associate in 2011. A winner of the W. Eugene Smith Grant and an ICP Young Photographer Infinity Award, Van Agtmael’s work has focused on the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the legacy of those wars in the United States.

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