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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.

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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.

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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.

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5 Photography Exhibitions to See This Summer

Paul Graham, Senami, Christchurch, New Zealand
2011 © Paul Graham; courtesy Pace and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
Paul Graham, Senami, Christchurch, New Zealand
2011 © Paul Graham; courtesy Pace and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

From dream states to Russian decadence, here are this summer’s must-see photography exhibitions in New York.

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What Does Trans Love Look Like?

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, Relationship #23 (The Longest Day of the Year), 2011 © the artists and courtesy Prestel
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, Relationship #23 (The Longest Day of the Year), 2011 © the artists and courtesy Prestel

In a pioneering new book, Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst document their gender transitions and their lives together.

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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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Mapplethorpe-Blog-Rotator

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.