Magnum Photos 70 - ‘A Russian Journal’ Revisited
25 August, 2017
Magnum Photos 70 - ‘A Russian Journal’ Revisited
Thomas Dworzak and Julius Strauss retrace the steps of Robert Capa and John Steinbeck. Magnum Photos, an international photographic cooperative, celebrates its 70th anniversary. 70 years have passed since Robert Capa, an acclaimed war photographer and the founder of Magnum Photos, and the Nobel Prize winning American author, John Steinbeck visited three Soviet Republics: Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.

The invaluable output of their journey was the unique evidence of the life of ‘Soviet citizens’, previously unknown to the international public.
Steinbeck’s and Capa’s accounts appeared in New York Herald Tribune and Lady’s Home Journal, and were followed by Steinbeck’s book A Russian Diary, illustrated with Capa’s photos.

To mark its 70th anniversary, Magnum Photos has come up with an idea to revisit the project through the eyes of a photographer and a writer of modern times, who would retrace Capa’s and Steinbeck’s steps 70 years later to describe the present life of people in the same areas.

The project ‘A Russian Journal’ Revisited has been implemented by a German photojournalist Thomas Dworzak, who is the current president of Magnum Photos and an expert on Russia and the Post-Soviet space, and the well-known British print journalist Julius Strauss, the former chief of the Moscow Bureau of The Daily Telegraph, who served as a war correspondent during the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans.
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Georgia has the honour to host the first photo exhibition of the new project ‘A Russian Journal’ as part of Tbilisi Photo Festival 2017. The exhibition is supported by TBC Bank, JSC and will be held in art galleries at TBC Bank Headquarters.

The event will also include the launch of an album containing Dworzak’s photos and Strauss’ records, as well as a small part of Capa’s and Steinbeck’s materials. The album will be published with the support of IDS Borjomi Georgia.

The project is presented by Magnum Photos and TBC Bank.
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