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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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hock_03

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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IMFAMILY_06_hires

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.

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Lynne Tillman on Brush Fires in the Social Landscape

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WOJ_047_Where I'll Go

In this excerpt from Brush Fires in the Social Landscape, Lynne Tillman reflects on the work and life of David Wojnarowicz

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Cruising and Transcendence in the Photographs of Minor White

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218MAG393_White

Writer and curator Kevin Moore on Aperture‘s founding editor Minor White’s convoluted relationship with photography and sexuality.

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The Islamic State and Photography

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battle photo 5_2

A social media analyst working in private intelligence considers the Islamic State’s use of photography.

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Vicki Goldberg: More History in Russian Photographs

Vadim Gushchin, "Colored Envelopes #3," 2010. Courtesy ClampArt, New York City.
Vadim Gushchin, "Colored Envelopes #3," 2010. Courtesy ClampArt, New York City.

Vicki Goldberg assesses the contemporary work of Vadim Guschchin and Nikolai Kulebyakin.