Today's Pictures in the Magnum Blog

Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 01:55 pm
I often find that looking at the Slate/Magnum Today's Pictures series will in some way make my day. Today we have a set of twenty photos with sleeping as a subject..


It's hard for me to pick a favorite, but I particularly liked Marc Riboud's take of a woman sleeping in a park. But then I would, as I'm a general Riboud fan, and I didn't study all the photos intensely. Maybe I'll look at them again and pick one of the others. And you?

To see the main slate/magnum today's pictures site (which has today's pictures from the past archived), see here -

To catch the Magnum Blog - check this -

Aack, the title is wrong. The today's magnum pictures series is in Slate, not the Magnum blog. Sorry about that.

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Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 02:05 pm
I liked the bride and groom and the two little children in the car - I like the juxtaposition of the separateness (in sleep) of the couple who were just joined 'as one' and the closeness of the two little children - who could almost represent the couple at another time
but I think my very favorite was the last one - the young man asleep - his head and arm pointed toward the river which gave the photo a sort of slow and dreamlike sense of movement.
I really liked the colors of the water and sky and his clothes - the whole thing works together very well to illustrate 'dream'.
Really nice - thanks for posting this.
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Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 02:07 pm
great series, i like this one


interestingly enough lambton county is only about two hours from me
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 02:59 pm
Aidan, I liked both of those too, for the same reasons..
dj, neat depth of field, plus the relative unbusyness of the background and the strong presence of the car and people in the foreground.

Strangely, that car scene sort of reminds me of the famous Keinholz art piece, which I got to see when it was first exhibited at LACMA. They're quite different, which is why I say "strangely". Maybe I link them because of looking at a car interior, with people ... and with a blankish background.


Well, that's a sculpture. The photo reminds me of some other photos as well, but I can't pull them out of my mind's eye right offhand.
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 03:06 pm
that's wonderful - I'd never seen it before- love the blue of the car and it reminds me of my third favorite in the sleep series - of the foot and the hammock.

I liked the one dj picked too - the era of the car and the plains setting reminded me immediately of the movie Badlands with a young Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek- very atmospheric.
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Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 03:10 pm
oh, i like that piece very much
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 03:19 pm
I remember it being wildly controversial at the time.. people were shocked, shocked, shocked. I saw it on a date with my first serious boyfriend (would you like to go to the museum?). He knew much more about art than I had any clue about and even though I'd been to the museum before, I learned a lot about what I was looking at that day, the start of learning how to look. He was a brilliant guy, so it goes.

Back to Keinholz, now there's an interesting person..

On the photo, I also thought of Bonnie and Clyde.. again obviously different, but an image in my mindfiles.
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