Tabitha Soren’s Fantasy Life is an Intimate Portrait of Baseball

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In 2002, Tabitha Soren first began photographing a group of minor league draft picks for the Oakland A’s—young men coming into the major league farm system straight from high school or college. Since then, she has followed the players through their baseball lives. Some of the subjects have gone on to become well-known, respected players at the highest level of the game. Some left baseball to pursue other lines of work, such as selling insurance and coal mining. Others have struggled with poverty and even homelessness. Fifteen years after that first shoot, Fantasy Life portrays a selection of these stories.

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5 Exhibitions to See in May

Cang Xin, To Add One Meter to an Unknown Mountain, 1995 Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection
Cang Xin, To Add One Meter to an Unknown Mountain, 1995 Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection

From teenage portraits to postwar Manhattan, here are must-see photography exhibitions in New York.

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Shantrelle P. Lewis on Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style

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Suits that pop with loud colors and dazzling patterns, complete with a nearly ubiquitous bowtie, define the style of the new “dandy.” Described as “high-styled rebels” by author Shantrelle P. Lewis, black men with a penchant for color and refined fashion, both new and vintage, have gained popular attention in recent years, influencing mainstream fashion. Dandy Lion presents and celebrates individual dandy personalities, designers and tailors, movements and events that define contemporary dandyism. Lewis’s carefully curated selection of contemporary photographs surveys the movement across the globe in spectacular form, with all of the vibrant patterns, electrifying colors, and fanciful poses…

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Stephen Shore on Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973–1981

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Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places is indisputably a canonic body of work—a touchstone for those interested in photography and the American landscape. Remarkably, this series of photographs has yet to be explored in its entirety. Over the past five years, Shore has scanned hundreds of negatives shot between 1973 and 1981. In this volume, Aperture has invited an international group of fifteen photographers, curators, authors, and cultural figures to select ten images apiece from this rarely seen cache of images. Each portfolio offers an idiosyncratic and revealing commentary on why this body of work continues to astound; how it has impacted…

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This is Mars: Midi Edition

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This Is Mars offers a thrilling visual experience of the surface of the red planet. The multi-award-winning French editor and designer Xavier Barral has chosen and composed photographic frames, drawn from the comprehensive photographic map of Mars made by the U.S. observation satellite MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter), to revel in the wonder of Mars. Now available as a mid-sized, accessibly priced edition, This Is Mars will excite lovers of great photobooks, and everyone curious about the universe and beyond.

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The Endless Outer World

Daido Moriyama, from the series Hunter, 1972
© Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation
Daido Moriyama, from the series Hunter, 1972
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Daido Moriyama speaks about his Provoke days and capturing the streets of Tokyo.

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Okwui Enwezor on the Recent Histories of African Photography

Andrew Esiebo, Untitled, from the series Highlife, 2013–16 © The artist and courtesy Tiwani Contemporary, London
Andrew Esiebo, Untitled, from the series Highlife, 2013–16 © The artist and courtesy Tiwani Contemporary, London

The influential curator reflects on the evolving narratives of photography in Africa.

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Tokyo Reimagined

Yutaka Takanashi, from the series Tokyo-jin (Tokyoites), 1965 
© the artist and courtesy MOMAT and DNPartcom
Yutaka Takanashi, from the series Tokyo-jin (Tokyoites), 1965 
© the artist and courtesy MOMAT and DNPartcom

As Japan’s capital transformed, Yutaka Takanashi deployed a radical style to picture urban change.

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Larry Sultan’s California Home Theater

Larry Sultan, Sunset, from the series Pictures from Home, 1989© Estate of Larry Sultan and courtesy Casemore Kirkeby
Larry Sultan, Sunset, from the series Pictures from Home, 1989© Estate of Larry Sultan and courtesy Casemore Kirkeby

In the Bay Area photographer’s retrospective, family, home life, and American suburbia take center stage.

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