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On Philip Gefter’s Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe

Philip Gefter’s new biography of Sam Wagstaff examines the life of the influential curator and collector, and his romantic relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Review: On Max Pinckers’s Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty

Mira Jacob reviews Max Pinckers’s self-published photobook, “Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty”

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If You Came Here to Have Fun, You Will

Jason Fulford and Aperture editor Denise Wolff discussed the parallel lives of a book through its events, and the event as intersection of artist and viewer.

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Collecting the Japanese Photobook

Ivan Vartanian spoke to Ryuichi Kaneko about how he became one of the first and most enduring champions of the Japanese photobook.

Editor’s Note: Ivan Vartanian

In 1995, I began an editorial internship at Aperture. (Just one week before, Lesley Martin had started one, too). While I was there, Daido Moriyama sent in a copy of his publication Hysteric Daido. It was the most bizarre specimen of a photobook I had ever seen: large and softcover, with magazine-like paper, black ink everywhere, and a putrid purple bar on the cover. The images were presented in a scattershot fashion, running into the gutter carelessly without white margins, captions, or any other type of structure. It did not in any way, shape, or form resemble the organized bookmaking…

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The PhotoBook Review is a publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook—focusing on the best photography books being published, from the coffee-table book to the handmade artist’s edition, and on creating a better understanding of the ecosystem of the photobook as a whole.

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