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talks & interviews

A Witness to Resistance

Kazuo Kitai, Old Lady Faces the Water Cannon, 1970, from the series Sanrizuka, 1969-72
© the artist
Kazuo Kitai, Old Lady Faces the Water Cannon, 1970, from the series Sanrizuka, 1969-72
© the artist

From student demonstrations to farmers in revolt, Kazuo Kitai captured the social tumult of 1960s Japan.

foundation news

Inside the 2017 Aperture Spring Party and Dinner

Photo by Will Matsuda/Aperture © Aperture
Photo by Will Matsuda/Aperture © Aperture

On March 31, Aperture’s Spring Party and Auction was awash with brightly colored ensembles, whimsical fedoras, turbans, and many a bow tie.

essays

The Surreal Landscapes of California City

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226MAG020_Kim-HR

From the air, photographer Chang Kim discovers a city that never was.

talks & interviews

Against Occupation

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Hitomi-Watanabe_071

Japanese curator Rei Masuda discusses how postwar Japanese photographers adapted to a new era.

reviews

The Joy of Photography

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17.-Ed-van-der-Elsken-Tokyo-Meisje-in-de-subway-1984-WEB

An exhibition in Amsterdam revisits Ed van der Elsken’s passionate vision of twentieth-century life.

reviews

How Soon Is Now?

Wolfgang Tillmans, Juan Pablo & Karl, Chingaza, 2012
© the artist
Wolfgang Tillmans, Juan Pablo & Karl, Chingaza, 2012
© the artist

A sprawling exhibition showcases Wolfgang Tillmans’s restless curiosity—about everything.

aperture magazine

Witness: LaToya Ruby Frazier in Conversation with Kellie Jones

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02_226MAG507_Frazier-WEB

In photographs from Selma to Flint, the unfinished work of the civil rights movement.

summer open

2017 Aperture Summer Open: A Conversation With Eric Gottesman from For Freedoms

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18-004 FINAL_mesfinandasrat-edited-dusted_v4 2

Aperture recently spoke with Eric Gottesman about photographic liberation.

talks & interviews

Behind the Barricades

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Hitomi-Watanabe_05

Student protests shook late-1960s Japan. Hitomi Watanabe bore witness from inside the movement.

talks & interviews

Back to the Future

Kris Graves,  Jessica, 2016 and Keith #2, 2016  Courtesy the artist
Kris Graves,  Jessica, 2016 and Keith #2, 2016  Courtesy the artist

A new exhibition in Seattle explores the ambiguity of what is yet to come

essays

Black and White America

Leonard Freed, They are dancing at a jazz funeral in the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1965 Courtesy Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos
Leonard Freed, They are dancing at a jazz funeral in the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1965 Courtesy Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

The civil rights-era photographs of Louis Draper and Leonard Freed shed light on the complex lives of African Americans.

talks & interviews

The Provoke Moment

Takuma Nakahira, Untitled, ca.1968
© Gen Nakahira and courtesy Oriris
Takuma Nakahira, Untitled, ca.1968
© Gen Nakahira and courtesy Oriris

In the first of an ongoing series of interviews about Japanese photography with Tsuyoshi Ito, Curator Simon Baker discusses the radical new vision of the 1960s.

talks & interviews

A Love Song for New Orleans

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Stephen-Hilger_-Monument_2011-WEB

Drawing inspiration from Walker Evans, Stephen Hilger photographed a city’s disappearing neighborhood.