the aperture blog: web-only reviews, interviews, essays, and foundation news

Sign up for Aperture's weekly newsletter:

aperture magazine

Vision & Justice: Awol Erizku

223MAG010_Erizku-HR223MAG010_Erizku_Web
223MAG010_Erizku-HR223MAG010_Erizku_Web

A young photographer finds inspiration in Old Masters and Afropunk.

aperture magazine

Vision & Justice Online: Jamel Shabazz in Conversation with Michaela Angela Davis

223MAG048_Shabazz_WEB
223MAG048_Shabazz_WEB

The legendary street photographer speaks about his impulse to record African American life.

aperture magazine

Vision & Justice: Wynton Marsalis on Frank Stewart

223MAG323_Collectors-Marsalis
223MAG323_Collectors-Marsalis

The legendary jazz trumpeter, composer, and teacher reflects on ancestry and ceremony in New Orleans.

talks & interviews

The Garden of Virtual Beauty: A Conversation with Karine Laval

Untitled-1
Untitled-1

The artist explores place, perception, and the lure of artificial environments.

aperture magazine

Vision & Justice: Around the Kitchen Table

Carrie-Mae-Weems-Blog-Rotator
Carrie-Mae-Weems-Blog-Rotator

Five voices from the fields of theater, photography, and art history to reflect on one of Carrie Mae Weems’s most iconic projects.

aperture magazine

Vision & Justice: A Curriculum by Hank Willis Thomas

223MAG268-Curriculum-Baldwin_WEB
223MAG268-Curriculum-Baldwin_WEB

The photographer and multimedia artist shares the books, shows, and films that have shaped his life.

aperture magazine

Vision & Justice Online: Ming Smith and the Kamoinge Workshop

Page#39-Kamoinge-1973-master-fileFEATURED
Page#39-Kamoinge-1973-master-fileFEATURED

Routinely excluded from the mainstream art world, in the 1960s, a group of African American photographers formed a collective to promote their work.

foundation news

Aperture Celebrates the Launch of Vision & Justice

Hank Willis Thomas, Sarah Lewis, Darren Walker, and Sarah Jones at the launch of Vision & Justice, Ford Foundation, May 10, 2016
Hank Willis Thomas, Sarah Lewis, Darren Walker, and Sarah Jones at the launch of Vision & Justice, Ford Foundation, May 10, 2016

Artists, writers, and special guests gathered at the Ford Foundation on May 10 to launch a landmark issue of Aperture.

aperture magazine

Vision & Justice Online: She Walked in Beauty

Jet_Fales-Hill
Jet_Fales-Hill

In the 1960s, Jet magazine captured African American life with grace and power. For an influential screenwriter, one cover was personal.

member event

Recap of Connect Member Meetup

ApertureConnect_PatrickMontgomery_-5313
ApertureConnect_PatrickMontgomery_-5313

Aperture Connect Members were given a tour of photograph’s rich history through a private collection

reviews

Revisiting Seydou Keïta

Seydou Keïta,
Sans titre, 1949 © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC.  Courtesy CAAC, The Pigozzi Collection, Genève
Seydou Keïta,
Sans titre, 1949 © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC.  Courtesy CAAC, The Pigozzi Collection, Genève

Celebrated for his studio portraiture in the 1950s, Bamako’s most prominent photographer mastered the elements of style.

reviews

Promised Lands

Frédéric Brenner, The Aslan Levi Family, 2012. Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York © the artist
Frédéric Brenner, The Aslan Levi Family, 2012. Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York © the artist

Are Israel and the West Bank an oasis, homeland, or colonial state? Twelve photographers set out to describe a contested territory.

talks & interviews

The Pleasure of the Image: A Conversation with Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien, Mise en Scene No 2, Looking for Langston (Vintage series), 1989-2016. Courtesy the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery
Isaac Julien, Mise en Scene No 2, Looking for Langston (Vintage series), 1989-2016. Courtesy the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery

In a new exhibition, the celebrated filmmaker returns to his pioneering work about queer black identity.