Philly gal and esteemed photographer Zoe Strauss was accepted as a nominee member of Magnum Photos, a photography collective founded by heavy-hitters Robert Capa, David "Chim" Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and William Vandivert in 1947. In two years, Strauss can elect to become an associate member, and two years after that a full member.
Strauss recently wrapped up a decade-spanning retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "I think that Zoe's a major contemporary artist who happens to live in Philadelphia," said Peter Barberie, curator of photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Magnum membership supports Barberie's claim. A similar retrospective is currently on display at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York.
Strauss recently came under fire after flipping the bird under a portrait of Ronald Reagan during a recent White House trip.