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Revisiting Seydou Keïta

Seydou Keïta,
Sans titre, 1949 © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC.  Courtesy CAAC, The Pigozzi Collection, Genève
Seydou Keïta,
Sans titre, 1949 © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC.  Courtesy CAAC, The Pigozzi Collection, Genève

Celebrated for his studio portraiture in the 1950s, Bamako’s most prominent photographer mastered the elements of style.

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Promised Lands

Frédéric Brenner, The Aslan Levi Family, 2012. Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York © the artist
Frédéric Brenner, The Aslan Levi Family, 2012. Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York © the artist

Are Israel and the West Bank an oasis, homeland, or colonial state? Twelve photographers set out to describe a contested territory.

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The Architecture of Desire

Circuit 
12 March - 5 June 2016
installation view, "Ricochet #10: Amie Siegel, Double Negative", Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
Circuit 
12 March - 5 June 2016
installation view, "Ricochet #10: Amie Siegel, Double Negative", Museum Villa Stuck, Munich

In her recent videos and installations, Amie Siegel navigates the threshold of art and commerce.

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Does Mapplethorpe Still Matter?

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Notorious for photographs that pushed private desire into the public realm, two major exhibitions in Los Angeles consider the artist—and the man—in full.

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Japan at the Edge of Reality

Lieko Shiga (b. 1980)
Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore) 45 from the series Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore),
2012
Photograph, chromogenic print
© Lieko Shiga / Courtesy of the artist
Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Lieko Shiga (b. 1980)
Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore) 45 from the series Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore),
2012
Photograph, chromogenic print
© Lieko Shiga / Courtesy of the artist
Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Five years after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, a group of visionary Japanese photographers responds to a national tragedy.

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5 Exhibitions to See in April

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Ellsworth Kelly, the Guerilla Girls, and the Italian coast. Here are the must-see photography exhibitions in New York this spring.

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Shooting the Holy Land

Josef Koudelka in Israel/Palestine. Still from Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land, 2015 © Gilad Baram
Josef Koudelka in Israel/Palestine. Still from Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land, 2015 © Gilad Baram

In a new documentary, renowned photographer Josef Koudelka turns to a divided landscape.

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The Foto Cine Clube

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In São Paulo, an exhibition explores the global reach of modern Brazilian photography.

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Lee Miller: A Woman’s War

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From the London Blitz to Hitler’s apartment, Lee Miller captured some of the most audacious images of World War II.