Words Without PicturesBy Charlotte Cotton and Alex Klein
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Words Without Pictures was conceived of by curator Charlotte Cotton and artist Alex Klein to create spaces for thoughtful discourse around current issues in photography. Every month for a year, an artist, educator, critic, art historian, or curator was invited to contribute a short, un-illustrated, opinionated essay about an emerging or changing aspect of photography. Each piece was available on the Words Without Pictures website for one month and was accompanied by a discussion forum, which received both invited and unsolicited responses from a wide range of interested parties—students, bloggers, critics, historians, artists of all kinds, all of which were previously issued as a print-on-demand title.
Aperture is pleased to present Words Without Pictures to the trade for the first time as part of the Aperture Ideas series. Contributors include Walead Beshty, Paul Graham, Darius Himes, Kevin Moore, Penelope Umbrico, James Welling, George Baker, Sharon Lockhart, Shannon Ebner, Allen Ruppersberg, Allan McCollum, Carter Mull, Anthony Pearson, Mark Wyse, Sarah Charlesworth, Sze Tsung Leong, Harrell Fletcher, Leslie Hewitt, A.L. Steiner, Jason Evans, Charlie White, John Divola, and many more more.
Charlotte Cotton is an independent curator of photography who has worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA, among others.
Alex Klein (editor) is an artist and the Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellow in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA.