BELSTAFF x MAGNUM: What’s in my bag

Four international Magnum photographers reveal the contents of their
Belstaff x Magnum bag on their most recent travels.

Jonas Bendiksen
(C) Jonas Bendiksen/ Magnum Photos

NEWSHA TAVAHOLIAN

Newsha Tavaholian is an Iranian photojournalist and documentary photographer. She has been published in the New York Times and National Geographic. Her work has also been displayed in exhibitions and museums around the world.

Where are you going, and why?

“Tehran is polluted city, permanently covered in smog during winters. I suffer from asthma so especially in weekends my husband and I like to travel to Iran's mountains. I brought the bag, which we immediately started fighting over, as we both loved it. Naturally I won. So when in the days after our trip I had a workshop near the dried out Urmia lake, I brought the bag along.”

Tracey Curtis Taylor in The Panther Jacket
(C) NEWSHA TAVAHOLIAN / Magnum Photos

How will you get there?

“Whenever we go to the mountains, we take our car, a Korean SUV. We usually go to the Damavand mountain, a sleeping volcano, that with 5,6 km height is the highest mountain of the Middle East.”

What photographic equipment are you taking with you?

“I mostly work with a Hasselblad H4D. Sometimes I also bring a Canon 5d Mark2 along. I always carry 5 batteries, a memory card reader, a small pouch for memory cards, lipstick, a notebook, an iphone charger, chewing gum and pill for my thyroids.”

What shouldn't you have packed (today or in the past)?

“When you live in Iran you tend to bring back a lot of things from trips abroad. I have carried bags filled with cat food, sat on planes with lamps on my lap and once checked in a two person mattress. Iranians are masters of packing, our luggage is always overweight …In my case I always have to add cameras, my laptop and wires. So what I shouldn't have brought? Believe, I need it all.”

JEROME SESSINI

French photographer Jerome Sessini is known for his coverage of international current events. He has been published in Newsweek, Le Monde and the Wall Street Journal.

Where are you going, and why?

“This weekend I’m going to cover 2 protest in Paris. The first one is in Trocadero, a march of the women against Trump. The second one, by Monday is a march of the anti-abortion. It’s part of a wider project I’m doing on France.”

Jerome Sessini
(C) JEROME SESSINI / Magnum Photos

What photographic equipment are you taking with you?

“Always the same, 2 Olympus cameras, batteries, and a Flash.”

What will you bring back from your travels?

“My pictures.”

JONAS BENDIKSEN

Norwegian photojournalist Jonas Bendiksen has been published in The Sunday Times Magazine and National Geographic. His book, Satellites features stories from the fringes of the former Soviet Union.

Jonas Bendiksen
(C) Jonas Bendiksen/ Magnum Photos

Where are you going, and why?

“Heading to Florida, to the Kennedy Space Centre, to photograph female astronauts and NASA employees for Vogue magazine.”

What photographic equipment are you taking with you?

“I usually work quite light, so I bring two Sony cameras (A7R ii and RX1 35mm), plus a few lenses. Since I don’t know much about the locations I’ll bring a couple of LED light plates as well.”

Aside from photo kit, what's in your travel bag?

“Noise-cancelling headset for the flight. Computer and 2 hard drives. Notepad. An enormous tangle of chargers, USB cables and all that, in doubles. Charged up batteries. And a small piece of crashed space rocket I’ve kept in my bag since I photographed space junk for my book Satellites. I’m not superstitious, so it’s not a talisman, no magic, more like a comfort blanket.”

What have you forgotten to pack (today or in the past)?

“The list is long and embarrassing. I’ve left my laptop behind in the security screening on the outbound leg of a very critical shoot. Lenses, memory cards. Passport, money. I don’t think I’ve ever left without some sort of camera, but I think I’ve committed most of the other imaginable blunders.”

What will you bring back from your travels?

“I rarely bring back anything from my travels beyond the images.”

MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BROWN

Michael Christopher Brown is an American photographer and filmmaker. He is a contributing photographer at National Geographic and the New York Times.

Where are you going, and why?

“I am going to Kenya for a joint Ogilvy/Amnesty International job in Kakuma camp, in northern Kenya.”

What photographic equipment are you taking with you?

“I am taking two Sony cameras, several Leica lenses and a variety of other small equipment to compliment. I have a standard set of equipment and what you see here in the bag is what I generally take everywhere.”

Michael Christopher Brown
(C) MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BROWN / Magnum Photos

Aside from photo kit, what's in your travel bag?

“Laptop, hard drive and power cables. International Charger Ear plugs, eye shade and headphones Notebooks, pens, tape, glue for travel journal Headlamp Kindle Passport and other small docs Batteries, other misc. items”

What will you bring back from your travels?

“I always bring back artifacts, whether they are t-shirts or hats, medallions, sculptures, anything I can find during the travels. Often end up carting them back in the camera bag.”

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