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Aperture’s 2015 Year in Review


William Klein, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, 1966


Camera Mainichi, April 1965, photograph by Yoshihiro Tatsuki

Frida by Ishiuchi #50, 2012

Ishiuchi Miyako, Frida by Ishiuchi #50, 2012


Mike Kelley, Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #32, Plus, a Performa commission, 2009. Photograph by Paula Court and courtesy Performa


Amalia Ulman, Excellences and Perfections, 2014


Portrait of Bernd and Hilla Becher, 1985. Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery


Pages from Cristina de Middel’s The Afronauts (self-published, 2012)


Hal Fischer, Gay Semiotics, 1977 © and courtesy Hal Fischer, and Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles


Unknown photographer, Kansas dust Storm, barren earth, 1935. Courtesy Le Bal, Paris

As 2015 enters its twilight, we look back at a selection of features in Aperture magazine, from in-depth conversations with William Klein and Miyako Ishiuchi to articles covering a secret history of Japanese photography to how artists today disrupt Instagram’s conventions, plus much more.

Interview with William Klein: The legend on forgettable fashion, a dream starring Jean-Luc Godard, and his life in photography.

Magazine Work: Ivan Vartanian on finding the Japanese avant-garde amidst the techie and raunchy.

Interview with Ishiuichi MiyakoOn the occasion of a retrospective at the Getty Museum, Ishiuichi considers photography as sex, history, and memory.

When is an image more than a document?Roxana Marcoci and RoseLee Goldberg on photography and performance.

Self-Portraiture in the First-Person AgeLauren Cornell on the ways artists disrupt Instagram’s conventions.

Hilla Becher (1934-2015)Brian Wallis remembers an iconic figure.

The Lives of OthersStanley Wolukau-Wanambwa on photobooks and troubling representations of Africa.

Gay Semiotics RevisitedHal Fischer discusses his 1977 examination of the “hanky code.”

A Handful of DustDavid Campany charts the strange career of a surrealist photograph.

On the Nature of Photographs: In this article from Aperture’s new digital archive, Luc Sante and Stephen Shore discuss the essential qualities of photographs.

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