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Vision & Justice: Wynton Marsalis on Frank Stewart

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223MAG323_Collectors-Marsalis

The legendary jazz trumpeter, composer, and teacher reflects on ancestry and ceremony in New Orleans.

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Vision & Justice: Around the Kitchen Table

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Carrie-Mae-Weems-Blog-Rotator

Five voices from the fields of theater, photography, and art history to reflect on one of Carrie Mae Weems’s most iconic projects.

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Vision & Justice: A Curriculum by Hank Willis Thomas

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223MAG268-Curriculum-Baldwin_WEB

The photographer and multimedia artist shares the books, shows, and films that have shaped his life.

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Vision & Justice Online: Ming Smith and the Kamoinge Workshop

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Page#39-Kamoinge-1973-master-fileFEATURED

Routinely excluded from the mainstream art world, in the 1960s, a group of African American photographers formed a collective to promote their work.

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Vision & Justice Online: She Walked in Beauty

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Jet_Fales-Hill

In the 1960s, Jet magazine captured African American life with grace and power. For an influential screenwriter, one cover was personal.

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Archipelago

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Ishikawa Naoki traveled around Japan over ten years, depicting canted colorful scenes of everyday life. 

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Black Lives, Silver Screen: Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young in Conversation

David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo in Selma, 2014
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David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo in Selma, 2014
Courtesy Paramount Pictures/Jima

As a preview of the upcoming Summer issue, two groundbreaking filmmakers speak about diversity and inclusion in Hollywood–now a national conversation.

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Vision & Justice: Guest Editor’s Note

Benedict Fernandez, Memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr., Central Park, New York, 1968. Courtesy Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum
Benedict Fernandez, Memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr., Central Park, New York, 1968. Courtesy Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum

As a preview of the upcoming Summer issue, guest editor Sarah Lewis introduces a special issue of Aperture magazine addressing the role of photography and the African American experience.

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Higher Ground

The Karagom Glacier as seen from its right moraine, Caucasus, 1890
The Karagom Glacier as seen from its right moraine, Caucasus, 1890

Vittorio Sella combined his passions of photography and mountaineering to capture the elevated beauty of the world’s most inhospitable places.