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Magnum Showcase: Mystery

I chose Carlos Alba's portfolio because I like his idea of combining objects with photographs. it draws you into the work in a physical way and definitely has a sense of intrigue. A lot of the portfolios for 'Mystery' had images that were quite aesthetic but didn't actually have any narrative or take the viewer into a story.

I think the idea of a foreigner coming to London and following small signals to meet people and find his place in the city is a strong one. It is an experience that so many people have and has the potential to grow into a fuller story. Where does he end up? What are his experiences? How does the city treat him? Does he get caught up in an unexpected story? It could be the basis for a film script."

Olivia, Magnum Photos



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