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Publisher’s Profile: Ruben Lundgren in conversation with Yuan Di, Jiazazhi Press

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PublishersProfile_Featured

Ruben Lundgren speaks with Yuan Di about his independent Chinese publishing house, Jiazazhi Press

reviews

Subversive Novelist Seeks Her Muse in Pictures

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09_Hujar_Joseph-Raffael-at-the-Botanical-Gardens,-1956

In San Francisco, the author of the controversial novel A Little Life stages an exhibition about loneliness and beauty.

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Photography is Magic: An Inside Look at the 2016 Aperture Summer Open

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Featured_SummerOpen

Participating artists discuss the illusory nature of photography, and the impact it’s had on their work.

reviews

Arbus Before Arbus

Diane Arbus, Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C., 1956 © The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC.
Diane Arbus, Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C., 1956 © The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC.

A new exhibition at the Met Breuer, featuring previously unseen prints, reveals the early impulses of a modern master.

reviews

Revisiting the Berlin Wall

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2016_07_26_BerlinFeatured

In the 1960s, East German border troops photographed the entire length of the Berlin Wall. Fifty years later, a new book brings a secret archive to light.

talks & interviews

Memories of the African Diaspora: A Conversation with Nicola Lo Calzo

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REGLA_LOCALZO_Featured

Exploring the rituals and communities of African descendants in Cuba, a photographer reveals their solidarity and resistance to oppression.

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Aperture Celebrates the Launch of “Vision & Justice”

Sarah Lewis at the launch of Vision & Justice, Ford Foundation, May 10, 2016
Sarah Lewis at the launch of Vision & Justice, Ford Foundation, May 10, 2016

Sarah Lewis, Carrie Mae Weems, Chelsea Clinton, and other special guests present Aperture magazine’s landmark summer issue.

reviews

From Three African Photographers, A Diverse Vision of Urban Life

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Three-Photographers-Featured

An exhibition in Philadelphia explores African cities through street photography and portraiture.

aperture magazine

Vision & Justice Online: Renée Mussai in Conversation with Victor Peterson II

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2016_07_19_ABP_Featured

The curator of the London gallery Autograph ABP discusses the intersections between photography, human rights, and identity politics.

aperture magazine

Vision & Justice Online: 3 Reflections on Cinema and Archives

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CharlaHarlowe_featured

Catherine Gund, Shola Lynch, and Franklin Leonard discuss pioneers of cinema, African American archives, and the definitive films about black experience.

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In Experimental Photography, Is There Ever a Decisive Moment?

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Sixteen boundary-pushing photographers included in the 2016 Aperture Summer Open curated by Charlotte Cotton weigh in on their practice.

reviews

The Camera Selects the Man

Sans titre © Gerard P. Fieret, 1965-1975. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Courtesy Estate of Gerard Petrus Fieret
Sans titre © Gerard P. Fieret, 1965-1975. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Courtesy Estate of Gerard Petrus Fieret

In a retrospective at LE BAL in Paris, Gerard Petrus Fieret’s subversive images reveal the libertine atmosphere of 1960s Europe.

talks & interviews

A New Documentary Turns the Lens on Robert Frank

Still from Don't Blink – Robert Frank, directed by Laura Israel. Photo by Lisa Rinzler. Courtesy Grasshopper Film
Still from Don't Blink – Robert Frank, directed by Laura Israel. Photo by Lisa Rinzler. Courtesy Grasshopper Film

Laura Israel, director of Don’t Blink–Robert Frank, speaks about the photographer’s life and work.