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In California, Trees as Witness and Living Memorial

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Huber_Gonzales-Day-WEB

Elizabeth Huber reflects on Ken Gonzales-Day and the history of lynching in California.

reviews

The Lyrical South of Shane Lavalette

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ShaneLavalette_OneSunOneShadow_03

Echoing the languid melodies of the South, Shane Lavalette finds fragments of oral tradition in the visual world.

reviews

A Chance Encounter with Mark Morrisroe

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Baby-Steffenelli-John-S.

After years in a Boston attic, Mark Morrisroe’s dreamy, unpolished early work is on display in a rare exhibition in New York.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 PhotoBook Awards

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2016_PhotobookAwardsWinners_600

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 edition of the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.

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Racial Innocence in Postwar America

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Silber_Parks-WEB

Maia Silber reflects on photographer Gordon Parks, the infamous “doll tests” of the 1940s, and segregation.

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The Cotton Bowl and the Super Bowl

Hank Willis Thomas
The Cotton Bowl, 2011 Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Hank Willis Thomas
The Cotton Bowl, 2011 Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Merging football with twentieth-century sharecropping, Hank Willis Thomas traces the commodification of black bodies.

foundation news

Inside Aperture’s October Paul Strand Circle Cocktail Party

Judy Lauder, Chris Boot, Leonard Lauder
Judy Lauder, Chris Boot, Leonard Lauder

Aperture supporters gather to celebrate Bruce Davidson.

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Envisioning the Right to Vote

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Karp_Davidson-WEB

How do Bruce Davidson’s photographs of the Selma march in 1965 find their echo in the modern debate over voter ID laws?

reviews

The Pleasure of the Text

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LT_PORTRAITEQUALS36EXPOSURES_JMC_LG

Merging images and words, conceptual artists in the 1970s advanced a new visual language.

aperture beat

Tania Franco Klein’s Homage to William Eggleston

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Tania Franco Klein, Queue, Post office NW10 2PX  from the series Pest Control

Introducing Tania Franco Klein, the winner of Aperture’s Instagram contest honoring William Eggleston.

talks & interviews

From the Corridors of Power, A Portrait of Reagan-era Politics

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Unknown-5

Judith Joy Ross reflects on her portraits from opposing ends of the political spectrum.

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On Empathy: 10 Powerful Images from Magnum Photographers

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David-Alan-Harvey

Magnum’s Square Sale features work that explores our collective humanity.

foundation news

From Stonewall to AIDS, Framing Queer Desire

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Fred Temnel

A recent forum at MoMA reveals a rich, often-overlooked thread of queer history and photography.