Artstor has released 5,000 new images from Magnum Photos on the JSTOR platform, bringing the collection to more than 136,000 items. Our first JSTOR-only licensed image launch features photojournalistic coverage of momentous geopolitical events from 2021 and 2022, including global protests, the lives of political and economic refugees, the devastation of climate change, and much more.

Photograph of Black Lives Matters protesters walking down a street holding up signs expressing solidarity and demanding change.

Peter van Agtmael. 2021. Elizabeth City, North Carolina. USA. A BLM protest blocks off the main streets in Elizabeth City… Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos. © Peter van Agtmael / Magnum Photos

Notable series in this release include Peter van Agtmael’s photographs of Black Lives Matter protests in Elizabeth City, NC following the announcement from the District Attorney that the deputies who shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr. were justified.

Groups of women at the Drodro village marketplace in Ituri province, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Newsha Tavakolian. Democratic Republic of Congo. Ituri province. Drodro. 2021. A view of the Drodro village marketplace… Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos. © Newsha Tavakolian / Magnum Photos

In Africa, Newsha Tavakolian documents the difficult lives Hema refugees—women in particular—endure in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of the Lendu people’s desire to control access to the region’s vast mineral wealth.

Photograph showing a street scene with presumed drug addicts walking, smoking, and sleeping.

Alex Majoli. Extract from “Duque de Caxias I”. Brazil. São Paulo. Avenue Duque de Caxias. 2022… Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos; © 2022 Alex Majoli / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris

In dramatic black and white photographs, Alex Majoli chronicles the bleak world of addicts in the streets around São Paulo’s Luz Station, a neighborhood nicknamed Cracolândia for its open drug market.

Other highlights include Patrick Zachmann’s photographs of the reconstruction of Notre Dame in Paris after a terrible fire; Yael Martinez’s documentation of displaced people waiting for a chance to enter the US from different parts of Mexico; Zied Ben Romdhane’s photographs of the devastating floods in Arnold, Abbotsford, British Columbia; Nanna Heitmann, Lorenzo Meloni, and Moises Saman’s documentation of recent life in Iraq; Enri Canaj’s photographs of Afghan refugees in Albania after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan; and Cristina de Middel’s photographs of life in Japan.

The images from the Magnum Photos collective provide an impactful representation of decisive moments in world events, providing a deeper understanding of global issues and cultural perspectives through the eyes of talented photographers.