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The 2017 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

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Aperture and Paris Photo announce the shortlist for the 2017 PhotoBook Awards.

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The Humanist Visions of Santu Mofokeng

Untitled, from the series Pedi Dancers, ca. 1989
© the artist and courtesy Lunetta Bartz, MAKER, Johannesburg
Untitled, from the series Pedi Dancers, ca. 1989
© the artist and courtesy Lunetta Bartz, MAKER, Johannesburg

In a series of photobooks from the revered South African photographer, stories of grace, beauty, and dignity.

reviews

The Fate of Thoreau’s Pond

Combing hair after a swim, August 2010
Combing hair after a swim, August 2010

In Walden, Massachusetts, S.B. Walker’s meditates on the cruel contradictions of modernity.

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You Can Never Be Too Rich

Lauren Greenfield, Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, 39, prepares to give Botox injections to Shannon Tweed, 43, a former Playboy Playmate and wife of Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons, Beverly Hills, 2000
© the artist and courtesy INSTITUTE
Lauren Greenfield, Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, 39, prepares to give Botox injections to Shannon Tweed, 43, a former Playboy Playmate and wife of Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons, Beverly Hills, 2000
© the artist and courtesy INSTITUTE

Americans were supposed to break free of the class system. But, in Lauren Greenfield’s chronicle of American wealth, the desire for status is insatiable.

talks & interviews

The American Dream in Saudi Arabia

Ayesha Malik,  Early-morning view along Rolling Hills Boulevard, November 26, 2016
© the artist
Ayesha Malik,  Early-morning view along Rolling Hills Boulevard, November 26, 2016
© the artist

In Ayesha Malik’s new photobook, a California-style suburb in the heart of oil country.

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Pictograms of Lars von Trier

Casper Sejersen, Belongs to Joe, MACK, London, 2015
Courtesy the artist and MACK
Casper Sejersen, Belongs to Joe, MACK, London, 2015
Courtesy the artist and MACK

In still lifes and portraits, Casper Sejersen reinterprets the script of Nymphomaniac.

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The Urban Riders of North Philadelphia

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Mohamed Bourouissa explores how a neighborhood on the verge of gentrification etches out marks of distinction.

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What Does it Take to Make a Successful Photobook?

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Hear from past PhotoBook Awards winners and shortlisted artists on the ins and outs of book making.

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Art and Activism in a Contested Democracy

Russell Lee, Los Angeles, California. Japanese-American evacuation from West Coast areas under U.S. Army war emergency order. Japanese-American child who will go with his parents to Owens Valley, 1942
Courtesy the Library of Congress
Russell Lee, Los Angeles, California. Japanese-American evacuation from West Coast areas under U.S. Army war emergency order. Japanese-American child who will go with his parents to Owens Valley, 1942
Courtesy the Library of Congress

Five reflections on the relationship between photography, citizenship, and the law.

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Photography is Limitless

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What does photography look like in 2017? Emilia van Lynden of Unseen discusses how photography can be inclusive, flexible, and fun.

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Is Fashion Modern?

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MoMA’s first fashion exhibition in seventy years is all about icons, accessories, and objects of desire.

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The Mexican Fotonovela

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Killing_2_B

How comic books illustrated with photographs became a great popular art form.