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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.

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Martine Syms: Conscious Resistance

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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.

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

talks & interviews

Rowan Renee’s Defiant Pictures of Trauma

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Rowan-Renee_03_featured

In Bodies of Wood, an artist challenges ideas about gender and violence.

featured

9 Photographers Picturing Motherhood

Mary Ellen Mark, Erin (who previously went by her street name “Tiny”) pregnant with Daylon, Seattle, 1985© the artist
Mary Ellen Mark, Erin (who previously went by her street name “Tiny”) pregnant with Daylon, Seattle, 1985© the artist

These photographers illuminate truths about the experience of motherhood.

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Aperture Members Celebrate the Launch of “Platform Africa”

Aperture managing editor Brendan Wattenberg introduces members to “Platform Africa.” Photo by Katie Booth
Aperture managing editor Brendan Wattenberg introduces members to “Platform Africa.” Photo by Katie Booth

On Saturday, May 6, Aperture celebrated the launch of its summer 2017 issue, “Platform Africa” with a member tour and party.