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Queer Photography: A Reflection

Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz, 1981 © The Peter Hujar Archive LLC
Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz, 1981 © The Peter Hujar Archive LLC

Vince Aletti recalls Tomorrow’s Man, Peter Hujar, James Dean, and the thrill of discovering queer pictures.

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Adventure on the Danube

Inge Morath © The Inge Morath Foundation 1994
ROMANIA. Oyster farming near Danube delta. 1994.
Inge Morath © The Inge Morath Foundation 1994
ROMANIA. Oyster farming near Danube delta. 1994.

In 1958, Inge Morath set out to document the cultures of Central and Eastern Europe. Spanning four decades, her monumental project was the quest of a lifetime.

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From the Outside In

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In exploring the lives of others, what are the virtues of an outsider’s position?

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Of Refugees and the Photograph

Nina Berman, Installation view of Za'atari: Inside These Walls, March, 23, 2014. © the aritst/ NOOR
Nina Berman, Installation view of Za'atari: Inside These Walls, March, 23, 2014. © the aritst/ NOOR

In conjunction with the recent “Odyssey” issue of Aperture magazine, Fred Ritchin examines photography of the refugee crisis.

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In and Out of the Studio

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01_Group Portrait

The Met has mounted its first-ever exhibition of West African photographs. But is the museum late to the party?

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The Lives of Others

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Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa considers photobooks and representations of Africa.

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“Conflict” at Krakow Photomonth 2015

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KrakowPhotomonth2015JosefKoudelka

Krakow Photomonth has grown from a rather rambunctious upstart into one of the most ambitious photography festivals. This year’s edition revolved elegantly around conflict.

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Letters from Sally Mann On Process

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Letters from Sally Mann to Melissa Harris, editor-in-chief of Aperture Foundation, about her portraits and her process, originally published as an interview in Aperture #138.

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Excerpt from Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment

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Image4_Aperture_Mary Ellen Mark Workshop Book_9781597113168

In an excerpt from Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment, the photographer reflects on her favorite portraits and how her now-recognizable images came to be.