November 1 2016

Storybook Photo of Elephants Being Taken Care of in Thailand

As only Steve Mccurry could do, he captured this magical photo of people taking care of elephants.

“I photographed these elephants and their mahouts at a rescue sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The mahouts dedicate their lives to caring for a specific elephant, spending their days and nights tending to all of the elephant’s needs,” McCurry explains.

(In South and Southeast Asia, a mahout is a a person who works with, rides, and tends to an elephant.)

Taking place this week is Magnum’s square print sale of photos that fall under the title “Conditions of The Heart: On Empathy and Connection in Photography.”

Here’s how Magnum describes it:

“As Magnum Photos approaches its 70th anniversary, the agency explores the engagement at the heart of documentary photography through this Square Print Project, inspired by the work of David ‘Chim’ Seymour.

“Over 60 Magnum photographers respond to the theme ‘Conditions of the Heart’ with an image and text that speak to this human connection. The prints span all of Magnum’s history from the founders Robert Capa and David ‘Chim’ Seymour to the most recent Magnum nominees such as Newsha Tavakolian or Caroline Drake. They include portraits of movie stars (Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean), witty images of children and animals, heart breaking or heart warming scenes and stories from all around the world. Shedding light on our collective humanity, these images and text demonstrate why photography remains so important today.”

Signed and estate stamped, museum quality, 6×6” prints are available for $100 from now until Friday November 4, 6pm EST. Check them all out here. This one is my favorite.


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