The online general interest magazine, Slate, has launched a new feature called "Today's Pictures" to showcase photojournalism from the Magnum photo agency. The feature will have two components. The first is a daily gallery of images taken from Magnum's archives that shed light on historical anniversaries, relate to recent news events, or are considered "beautiful, meaningful, or urgent" by Slate and Magnum editors.
The second component comprises "interactive" photo essays from long-term documentary projects by Magnum photographers. These are essentially slide shows, edited and produced by Magnum, with audio narration by the photographer. Two essays will be published every month.
Slate's editor, Jacob Weisberg, has written an introduction to the feature, and the first two daily galleries (for November 30 and December 1, 2005) are an introductory survey of images from Magnum's 70-plus photographers.
The first two interactive essays are a look at life on the U.S.-Mexico border from 1975 to 2001 by Alex Webb and a project by Simon Wheatley on the youth and music of London's housing developments.