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Lecture as Performance

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221MAG454_Wilson-Goldie

Several Lebanese artists, including Walid Raad, have embraced the artist’s talk to unpack history and the limitations of the photograph.

aperture beat

Five Book Design Trends Spotted in the PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

Lucy Helton, Transmission (Silas Finch)
Lucy Helton, Transmission (Silas Finch)

Coordinating editor of The PhotoBook Review, Madeline Coleman, highlights design trends found in this year’s PhotoBook Awards shortlist.

talks & interviews

A Conversation with David Shields

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1.1.Nature_14204769_RD

David Shields’s War Is Beautiful critiques sixty-four photographs of war that ran on the front page of the Times between 1997 and 2013.

foundation news

Issue 21 of the Aperture Photography App is Now Available

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2015_12_04_ApertureApp_Issue21

The new issue of the Aperture Photography App is now available to download on your iOS device. Here’s a look inside Issue 20.

reviews

Photo-Poetics: An Anthology at the Guggenheim

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Feature_1

In a new photography exhibition at the Guggenheim, words and text take center stage.

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The PhotoBook Review’s Publisher Profile

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PBR9_VanZoetendaal04

Willem Van Zoetendaal selected five books from his collection that, together, as told to Arjen Ribbens, tell the story of his publishing house.

reviews

Telling Time in Bamako

Aboubacar Traoré, from the series Inchallah, 2015 © and courtesy the artist
Aboubacar Traoré, from the series Inchallah, 2015 © and courtesy the artist

Joseph Gergel reports on the tenth edition of Rencontres de Bamako, West Africa’s venerable photography festival.

featured

On Paper Airplanes: The Collections of Harry Smith

Harry Smith's Paper Airplane Collection
Harry Smith's Paper Airplane Collection

For more than twenty years, Harry Smith (1923–1991) collected paper planes that he found on the streets of New York.

aperture magazine

Self-Portraiture in the First-Person Age

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221MAG204_Cornell

All users perform a version of themselves on Instagram. But how are artists today using the commercial platform to calculated effect?

reviews

Segregation Story at Salon 94

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GoP 11

A new exhibition at Salon 94 in New York brings to light Gordon Parks’s long-lost photographs from a breakthrough 1956 Life photoessay.

reviews

John Divola at Galeria Pedro Alfacinha

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From

William J. Simmons on Despite Intensions at Galeria Pedro Alfacinha, Lisbon, and its connections to the New Museum’s recent Sarah Charlesworth survey.

foundation news

Issue 20 of the Aperture Photography App is Now Available

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2015_11_05_ApertureApp_Issue20

The new issue of the Aperture Photography App is now available to download on your iOS device. Here’s a look inside Issue 20.

reviews

Report from Oslo

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Oslo_HiRes1

With a Tom Sandberg survey exhibition this summer as well as the 2015 edition of the Fotobokfestival this fall, the Norwegian capital’s photography scene is flourishing.