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Mikhael Subotzky

The image on the front page of Mikhael Subotzky's Website

Mikhael Subotzky nominated to join Magnum
by Sue Williamson

In an extraordinary accolade to a 25 year old photographer, Magnum, the world's most famous photo agency, has nominated Cape Town's Mikhael Subotzky to join its ranks. Founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and others, this celebrated international photo agency is owned by its photographer members. Along with Argentine-American Alessandra Sanguinette and Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol, Subotzky was told of his success late on Friday, June 22 after the collective's members completed days of portfolio viewing in New York.

As quoted in the British Journal of Photography website, Subotzky, who was a first time applicant, says, 'I am attracted to the idea of being in a community of photographers who share a common concern and sense of engagement with the world, despite coming from very different walks of life'. Subotzky will be showing his new series of work on life and people in the small Karoo town of Beaufort West at the Goodman Gallery Cape in the next two months, and will also be showing the series in Amsterdam and Verona.

A recent project undertaken on the Guidecca district of Venice was a series of photographs of mothers and children in jail. It was his series Die Vier Hoeke, (one of which is an Editions for ArtThrob print), comprising photographs taken inside the walls of Pollsmoor Prison and presented as his final year's work at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, which first brought Subotzky to public notice.