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essays

At a British Photography Biennial, Glimmers of Optimism

Sadie Wechsler, from the series Part 1: Redo, 2015 © the artist
Sadie Wechsler, from the series Part 1: Redo, 2015 © the artist

The FORMAT Festival has put Derby on the U.K.’s cultural map. But can it survive Brexit?

talks & interviews

Myles Loftin Wants to Change the Conversation About Black Youth

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Picturing friends and family in vivid colors, the nineteen-year-old photographer reframes representations of masculinity.

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How Do Magnum Photographers Connect With Their Subjects?

Elliott Erwitt, New York City, USA, 1955 © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt, New York City, USA, 1955 © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

Robert Capa once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”

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Inside Aperture’s Annual Patron Cocktail Party

Elizabeth and Bill Kahane, hosts of Aperture's Annual Spring Patron Cocktail Party
Elizabeth and Bill Kahane, hosts of Aperture's Annual Spring Patron Cocktail Party

Patrons, friends, and artists celebrated Aperture’s wonderful community while listening to the music of photographer Larry Fink.

aperture magazine

The Lives of Samuel Fosso

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The acclaimed photographer pushes self-portraiture into new realms of gender-bending theatricality.

talks & interviews

Picturing the Early Days of Hip-Hop

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1980_DJ-AJ_Ahearn

Charlie Ahearn and Grand Wizzard Theodore discuss the rise of Hip-Hop at the Ecstasy Garage Disco.

aperture magazine

Martine Syms: Conscious Resistance

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225MAG272_Syms-WEB

In photographs and videos, an artist pushes back against reductive stereotypes of black life.

reviews

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Glimpse of India

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Astrologer's Shop, Bombay, Maharashtra, India, 1947 © the artist / Magnum Photos
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Astrologer's Shop, Bombay, Maharashtra, India, 1947 © the artist / Magnum Photos

Spanning decades, an exhibition of the iconic photographer’s work in India reveals the fraught nature of photojournalism.

aperture magazine

Aerospace Folktales

Allan Sekula, from Aerospace Folktales, 1973
Courtesy Allan Sekula Studio and the Columbus Museum of Art
Allan Sekula, from Aerospace Folktales, 1973
Courtesy Allan Sekula Studio and the Columbus Museum of Art

From Allan Sekula, dreams and illusions of the postwar American economy.

talks & interviews

The Inspiring, Contested Legacy of Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange, The Road West, New Mexico, 1938
© The Oakland Museum of California
Dorothea Lange, The Road West, New Mexico, 1938
© The Oakland Museum of California

A major retrospective surveys the photographer’s career and social activism.

essays

Erik Kessels Celebrates the Mistakes of Amateurs

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EK_IA_13_BC_121

With relentless optimism, the artist considers the value of mediocrity.

talks & interviews

The Loneliness of the Darkroom

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27.1-21.7-026-2014

In his solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Dirk Braeckman turns toward the existential

reviews

In Katy Grannan’s First Film, a Story of Poverty in California

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THE-NINE_14

Katy Grannan’s first film weaves the joys and horrors of everyday life in a dangerous neighborhood of California.