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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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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.

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The Air for All:
An Introduction to The Drone Primer

Tushev Aerials, 'New York City by day,' 2014. Courtesy Center for the Study of the Drone.
Tushev Aerials, 'New York City by day,' 2014. Courtesy Center for the Study of the Drone.

An excerpt from the Center for the Study of the Drone’s newly released Drone Primer.

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Vicki Goldberg: Contemporary Ukrainian Photography

"Untitled" from series "Timoshenko's escape", 2012
"Untitled" from series "Timoshenko's escape", 2012

Vicki Goldberg considers the work of Ukrainian collective Shilo-Group.

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Vicki Goldberg: Russian Photography Looks at the Past

Vsevolod Tarasevich, 'At the USSR Academy of Sciences Institute of Biophysics Moscow region, town of Pushchino,' 1974. MAMM collection
Vsevolod Tarasevich, 'At the USSR Academy of Sciences Institute of Biophysics Moscow region, town of Pushchino,' 1974. MAMM collection

Vicki Goldberg reports back from a 2013 trip to Russia, about an exhibition of Soviet propaganda.