Under Magnum’s system, photographers first join as Nominees, before graduating to become Associates a couple of years later. After a spell as Associates, they then become full Members – a status which confers life-time membership of the world-famous agency. Magnum has also announced that previous Nominees Sohrab Hura (India) and Lorenzo Meloni (Italy) have become Associates.
Hailing from all over the world, the new Nominees also represent diverse approaches to photography, though they’re joining an agency still famous for its photojournalism. Milach, for example, was featured in BJP‘s December 2017 issue with a project on political dissent which combined found photography, montage, and abstract sculpture; he was nominated for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize for the similarly eclectic work in the exhibition Refusal. Sim Chi Yin was featured in BJP‘s July 2018 issue with images from across her career so far which embracing still lifes, landscapes, and shots of the built environment.
Ribeira, meanwhile, was one of BJP‘s Ones to Watch in June 2017 with a series called Noises in the Blood, a series of portraits of women involved in dancehall culture, and with another project The Aristocrats, a look at a community near her hometown that also focuses on landscapes and portraits. Halpern’s work has previously been with Webber Represents commercial agency and on sale at the Unseen art fair in Amsterdam; he featured in BJP‘s January 2017 issue with his photobook ZZYZX, which was published by MACK and won the Paris Photo-Aperture Photobook of the Year in 2016.