Captured: The Distillery
Both myself and the six Magnum Photographers have loved visiting The Macallan and witnessing this amazing building grow out of the ground. We first visited the site when it was just a hole in ground so we all feel very connected to this wonderful piece of architecture... This beautiful part of Scotland will forever be a big part of Magnum Photos history. Tim Paton, Magnum Photos
The creation of the new distillery will forever change the landscape of The Macallan Estate. This historical moment is documented through a special release, telling The Macallan story in a new and compelling way, as some of the world’s leading photographers record the next stage in the journey of the world’s ultimate single malt whisky.
Marking the seventh limited edition release, The Macallan Masters of Photography: Magnum Edition celebrates the opening of the new Macallan distillery and visitor experience.
This awe-inspiring collection of images, taken by six world renowned Magnum photographers - Steve McCurry, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Mark Power, Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Alec Soth - captures different aspects of the iconic distillery from genesis to completion. From the landscape and the materials from which the distillery is born, to the character of the workers and protagonists who have brought it to fruition, artistic portraiture of people and casks complement more abstract representations of the building and its unique structure.
This magnificent and world class collectible set of images comes together as a limited edition objet d’art, presented in a stunning archive style gift box. It comprises a special limited release whisky; a selection of six signed prints, one from each photographer, and an exclusive book of photography.
By immersing herself in the photography, The Macallan Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess has created a single malt crafted from a combination of eight casks, all differing in character to reflect the photography style of each of the Magnum photographers and to represent Magnum itself:
A spicy gingered cask reflects McCurry’s bold and brave style; a cask of age where oak influence prevails over individual characteristics symbolises Parr’s oblique view of the world;
A classic cask with an intense black cherry note complements Pellegrin’s forceful black and white pictures; two casks reflect Power’s photography which captures the familiar, but from an often obscure point of view.
An ex-European red wine cask imparting a rich mahogany red colour represents Pinkhassov’s contrasting and brightly coloured work; a first fill American barrel with its delicate citrus notes captures Soth’s heritage and spirit of adventure.
The resulting final cask is an intensely sweet yet classic Macallan with edge and depth, bringing the whole creation together and representing the imagination and brilliance of Magnum.
Sarah Burgess, Whisky Maker
Deep amber with rose gold hues
Light hints of peat layered into warm spiced ginger with mellow oak notes. Gently coming behind these notes, are an almost tangerine citrus and caramelised apple
Candied dried fruits and a butterscotch sweetness with a tickling of spice that moves into a honeyed nut note
Medium to long finish ending in sweet earthy peat notes
This magnificent and world class collectible set of images comes together as a limited edition objet d’art presented in a stunning archive style gift box. This coveted item shows history in the making against the backdrop of The Macallan’s ongoing commitment to mastery.
The box that holds this momentous collection was influenced by the classic photographic portfolio boxes on display at the Magnum studio. Magnum have published wonderful monographs for their photographers over the years, and release special editions of these books alongside sets of prints. It was these editions that were used as the inspiration for the creation of The Macallan Masters of Photography: Magnum Edition release.
- A selection of six 11x14” signed prints, one from each photographer
- A special limited edition of a completely unique Macallan single malt whisky
- The Bottle is engraved with The Macallan and Magnum logos and the names of the six photographers
- An exclusive book of photography featuring stunning images from the six photographers
- This special release comes together as a limited edition objet d’art presented in a stunning archive style gift box, and is one of only 2000 available worldwide.
Martin Parr was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, in 1952. Parr studied Photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973. Since that time, Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects. He has developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad.
After joining Magnum in 1994 he developed an interest in filmmaking and has started to use his photography within different conventions, such as fashion and advertising. Parr has published over 80 books of his own work and edited another 30.
The Martin Parr Foundation, founded in 2014, opened premises in his home town of Bristol in 2017. It houses his own archive, his collection of British and Irish photography by other photographers, and a gallery. Parr is the recipient of numerous awards, including: Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize, World Photography Organisation; Lucie Award, Achievement in Documentary Photography, Lucie Foundation; Centenary Medal, Royal Photographic Society.
Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome. He studied architecture at L’Università la Sapienza, Rome, Italy before studying photography at L’istituto Italiano di Fotografia, in Rome.
Widely considered one of the most talented photographers of his generation, Paolo is often praised for his versatility in depicting a wide variety of subjects. He joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2001, having already won three World Press Photo Awards for his work on HIV/AIDS, for MSF, and the conflict in Kosovo, for the New York Times.
Given his interest in documenting social issues and conflict, he is broadly regarded as a humanist photographer and has spent his time at Magnum living up to this title with his coverage of stories from the Middle-East, the Balkans, Africa, Japan and the US.
Since becoming a full member in 2005, Paolo has won countless more awards for his work on the front line of conflict and disaster but has also built a name for himself for more than his proficiency in these areas, having won awards for his photography in the realms of fashion and celebrity portraiture. Of particular note is his work covering the scenes backstage at New York Fashion Week, for which he won a World Press Photo Award in 2005.
Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.
Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India.
Travelling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera. McCurry brought the world the first images of the conflict in Afghanistan, putting a human face to the issue on every masthead. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl so powerful.
He has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1986. McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest, to name but a few.
As a child, Mark Power discovered his father’s homemade enlarger in the family attic – a contraption consisting of an upturned flowerpot, a domestic light bulb and a simple camera lens. His interest in photography probably began at this moment, though he later went to art college to study life-drawing and painting instead. After graduating in 1981, he travelled for two years around South-East Asia and Australia.
Upon returning to England in 1983, he decided to ‘become a photographer’. He worked in the editorial and charity markets for nearly ten years, before he began teaching in 1992. This coincided with a shift towards long- term, self-initiated projects that now sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector.
For many years his work has been seen in numerous galleries and museums around the world and is in several important collections, both public and private, including the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002 and became a full Member in 2007. Meanwhile, in his other life, he is Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton, a city on England’s south coast where he lives with his partner Jo, their children Chilli and Milligan and their dog Kodak.
Gueorgui Pinkhassov’s interest in photography began while he was still at school. After studying cinematography at VGIK (the Moscow Institute of Cinematography), he went on to work at the Mosfilm studio and then as a set photographer. In 1978 Pinkhassov joined the Moscow Union of Graphic Arts and obtained the status of an independent artist. His work was noticed by the prominent Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who invited Pinkhassov to the set of his film Stalker (1979) to create a piece of reportage.
Being awarded independent artist status by the Moscow Union of Graphic Arts in 1978 allowed Pinkhassov far more freedom to travel, allowing him to exhibit his work internationally. Pinkhassov moved permanently to Paris in 1985. This led to more features outside of Russia and in 1988 he was accepted by Magnum Photos.
He works regularly for the international press, particularly for Geo, Actuel and the New York Times Magazine. His book, Sightwalk, explores individual details, through reflections or particular kinds of light, often approaching abstraction.
Alec Soth’s work is rooted in the distinctly American tradition of ‘on-the-road photography’ developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Stephen Shore. From Huckleberry Finn to Easy Rider there seems to be a uniquely American desire to travel and chronicle the adventures that consequently ensue.
He has received fellowships from the McKnight, Bush, and Jerome Foundations and was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His photographs are in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center.
Soth's work has been exhibited widely including as part of the 2004 Whitney Biennial and a major solo exhibition at Media Space in London in 2015. His first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim. His other major publications are Niagara, Broken Manual and Songbook.
In 2008, Soth started his own publishing company, Little Brown Mushroom. Soth became a nominee of Magnum Photos in 2004 and a full member in 2008. He is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.