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reviews

Ocean of Images at MoMA

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moma__newphoto2015_ooi_dis_v01tl (1)

The Museum of Modern Art’s New Photography exhibition considers contemporary image-making in an increasingly globalized yet formless world.

essays

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?

reviews

Jeff Wall at Marian Goodman

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17073Wall2

Zoë Lescaze on Jeff Wall’s exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York.

foundation news

Aperture Awarded $25,000 NEA Grant for Aperture On Sight Program

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NEA_Logo_Full

NEA announces over $27 million in grant awards, including a $25,000 Art Works grant for Aperture On Sight: Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography.

aperture magazine

Lecture as Performance

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221MAG454_Wilson-Goldie

Several Lebanese artists, including Walid Raad, have embraced the artist’s talk to unpack history and the limitations of the photograph.

aperture beat

Five Book Design Trends Spotted in the PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

Lucy Helton, Transmission (Silas Finch)
Lucy Helton, Transmission (Silas Finch)

Coordinating editor of The PhotoBook Review, Madeline Coleman, highlights design trends found in this year’s PhotoBook Awards shortlist.

talks & interviews

A Conversation with David Shields

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1.1.Nature_14204769_RD

David Shields’s War Is Beautiful critiques sixty-four photographs of war that ran on the front page of the Times between 1997 and 2013.

foundation news

Issue 21 of the Aperture Photography App is Now Available

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2015_12_04_ApertureApp_Issue21

The new issue of the Aperture Photography App is now available to download on your iOS device. Here’s a look inside Issue 20.

reviews

Photo-Poetics: An Anthology at the Guggenheim

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Feature_1

In a new photography exhibition at the Guggenheim, words and text take center stage.

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The PhotoBook Review’s Publisher Profile

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PBR9_VanZoetendaal04

Willem Van Zoetendaal selected five books from his collection that, together, as told to Arjen Ribbens, tell the story of his publishing house.

reviews

Telling Time in Bamako

Aboubacar Traoré, from the series Inchallah, 2015 © and courtesy the artist
Aboubacar Traoré, from the series Inchallah, 2015 © and courtesy the artist

Joseph Gergel reports on the tenth edition of Rencontres de Bamako, West Africa’s venerable photography festival.

featured

On Paper Airplanes: The Collections of Harry Smith

Harry Smith's Paper Airplane Collection
Harry Smith's Paper Airplane Collection

For more than twenty years, Harry Smith (1923–1991) collected paper planes that he found on the streets of New York.

aperture magazine

Self-Portraiture in the First-Person Age

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221MAG204_Cornell

All users perform a version of themselves on Instagram. But how are artists today using the commercial platform to calculated effect?