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In March 1946 all 167 residents of a small island on a remote Pacific atoll packed up their belongings and left their homes.The United States government assured them they would be able to return shortly. 70 years later, most surviving Bikini islanders have yet to set foot on the island paradise from which they were evacuated, and the site of a series of nuclear tests.

Today, the the surviving Bikini islanders and their descendants live scattered between the other Marshall islands in Micronesia; some on Majuro, the capital, some on Ejit and Kwajalein, and many on Kili where they eke out a living producing copra, farming what little land is available and fishing where and when it is safe to do so.

In 2014 the Islands filed a suit against the world’s nuclear powers, claiming they were violating international law by failing to respect their disarmament obligations under the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and customary international law. However, in October 2016, The United Nations’ highest court rejected the bid, stating that the court did not have jurisdiction because there was no evidence of a legal dispute that it could adjudicate.

The Marshall Islands have been experiencing unusual flooding since 2011, which has been linked to global warming. Kili, tiny and low lying, regularly finds itself swamped by seasonal ‘king tides’ which flood houses and destroy roads. For many Island natives, this is just another case of their welfare being compromised at the mercy of world superpowers.

In 2016, Michael Christopher Brown visited some of the surviving Bikinians on Kili, not only to capture the rapidly changing coastline being lost to rising sea levels, but to give a voice to a marginalized people. He says, “we are discussing a problem largely expedited by the presence of humans, we are the root of the accelerated environmental changes so, besides the obvious coral crushing and garbage thrown in many places around the Marshalls, I was less interested in documenting the coastline and more drawn to the situation of the Bikinian people and what they have faced over the years.”

The Magnum Distribution

Harking back to the analogue days of photo distribution, the Magnum Distribution is a full photographic story in an envelope.

Each pack contains eight 8x10” prints, hand-stamped with the Magnum Collection stamp and the photographer’s copyright stamp, and accompanied by a printed page detailing the story and individual captions.

Each pack is numbered from 1 to 100 on its envelope.

Price may increase as the edition sells.

Our contemporary version of the distro plays on the nostalgia of the press print, and makes the work of Magnum photographers available to purchase as an unsigned set of digital C-type prints, exclusively through the Magnum Shop, in a limited edition of 100.

Magnum Distribution sets are produced in New York from where they will ship. No VAT will be charged for international orders, however any order delivered to an address outside of the USA may be subject to customs and import duty.

Shipping advisory

Please be advised that the Magnum Distribution package will ship out approximately 4 days after your order was placed.

All orders ship from the Magnum Shop in New York. No VAT will be charged for international orders, however any order delivered to an address outside of the USA may be subject to customs and import duty.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email shop@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.

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A full photographic story in an envelope. Eight 8x10” hand-stamped prints and a printed page detailing the story and captions. Limited Edition of 100.


In March 1946 all 167 residents of a small island on a remote Pacific atoll packed up their belongings and left their homes.The United States government assured them they would be able to return shortly. 70 years later, most surviving Bikini islanders have yet to set foot on the island paradise from which they were evacuated, and the site of a series of nuclear tests.

Today, the the surviving Bikini islanders and their descendants live scattered between the other Marshall islands in Micronesia; some on Majuro, the capital, some on Ejit and Kwajalein, and many on Kili where they eke out a living producing copra, farming what little land is available and fishing where and when it is safe to do so.

In 2014 the Islands filed a suit against the world’s nuclear powers, claiming they were violating international law by failing to respect their disarmament obligations under the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and customary international law. However, in October 2016, The United Nations’ highest court rejected the bid, stating that the court did not have jurisdiction because there was no evidence of a legal dispute that it could adjudicate.

The Marshall Islands have been experiencing unusual flooding since 2011, which has been linked to global warming. Kili, tiny and low lying, regularly finds itself swamped by seasonal ‘king tides’ which flood houses and destroy roads. For many Island natives, this is just another case of their welfare being compromised at the mercy of world superpowers.

In 2016, Michael Christopher Brown visited some of the surviving Bikinians on Kili, not only to capture the rapidly changing coastline being lost to rising sea levels, but to give a voice to a marginalized people. He says, “we are discussing a problem largely expedited by the presence of humans, we are the root of the accelerated environmental changes so, besides the obvious coral crushing and garbage thrown in many places around the Marshalls, I was less interested in documenting the coastline and more drawn to the situation of the Bikinian people and what they have faced over the years.”

The Magnum Distribution

Harking back to the analogue days of photo distribution, the Magnum Distribution is a full photographic story in an envelope.

Each pack contains eight 8x10” prints, hand-stamped with the Magnum Collection stamp and the photographer’s copyright stamp, and accompanied by a printed page detailing the story and individual captions.

Each pack is numbered from 1 to 100 on its envelope.

Price may increase as the edition sells.

Our contemporary version of the distro plays on the nostalgia of the press print, and makes the work of Magnum photographers available to purchase as an unsigned set of digital C-type prints, exclusively through the Magnum Shop, in a limited edition of 100.

Magnum Distribution sets are produced in New York from where they will ship. No VAT will be charged for international orders, however any order delivered to an address outside of the USA may be subject to customs and import duty.

Shipping advisory

Please be advised that the Magnum Distribution package will ship out approximately 4 days after your order was placed.

All orders ship from the Magnum Shop in New York. No VAT will be charged for international orders, however any order delivered to an address outside of the USA may be subject to customs and import duty.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email shop@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.