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Joana Choumali, Spread from Hââbré, The Last Generation (Johannesburg: Fourthwall Books, 2016)  Courtesy the artist and Fourthwall Books

A Short History of the African Photobook

June 22nd, 2017
Joana Choumali, Spread from Hââbré, The Last Generation (Johannesburg: Fourthwall Books, 2016)  Courtesy the artist and Fourthwall Books

For Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, publisher of Fourthwall Books, the photobook is a space for political and social history.

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  • Jun 26

    Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land Screening at Anthology Film Archives

    Anthology Film Archives

    32 2nd Avenue

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture at Anthology Film Archives for a screening of Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land, featuring an introductory conversation with Magnum photographer Josef Koudelka and the film’s director, Gilad Baram.

    Books will be available for purchase.

    Koudelka follows the photographer on his journey photographing Israel and Palestine from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to the next. In each location a scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working, his perception of the world he is documenting, and the people he encounters. A fascinating dialogue emerges between the moving images Baram films and Koudelka’s still photographs, as Baram places the photographer in his own breathtaking compositions. Austere images of landscapes divided by concrete walls and barbed wire reveal the tragic absurdity of the infamous conflict. Baram’s long-term documentation of the photographer in the field, together with the exclusive use of Koudelka’s photographic archive, result in a unique record that offers a rich and intimate look into the solitary creative process of one of photography’s greatest living masters.

    This screening is presented in conjunction with the ICP Museum’s current exhibition, Magnum Manifesto. Co-produced by ICP and Magnum Photos, this landmark exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the renowned photo agency created by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and Chim (David Seymour) in 1947. Magnum Manifesto is on view through September 3.

    For more information, visit www.icp.org

    Josef Koudelka (born in Moravia, Czech Republic, 1938) has received the Prix Nadar, Grand Prix National de la Photographie, Grand Prix Cartier-Bresson, and Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography, New York; Hayward Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. A member of Magnum Photos, he is based in Paris.

  • Jun 28

    Border Cantos at Pace/MacGill with Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo

    Pace/Macgill Gallery

    510 West 25th Street

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture at Pace/MacGill Gallery for the opening reception of the exhibition Border Cantos with Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo.

    Richard Misrach (born in Los Angeles, 1949) is one of the most influential color photographers of his generation. His work is held in the collections of over fifty major institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, all in New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. In 2012, Misrach collaborated with Aperture to launch a book and exhibition titled Petrochemical America, exploring the health and environmental issues surrounding the Mississippi River industrial corridor, otherwise known as “Cancer Alley.”

    Guillermo Galindo (instruments and graphic scores) is an experimental composer. His interpretations of concepts such as musical form, time perception, music notation, sonic archetypes, and sound-generating devices span a wide spectrum of artistic works performed and shown at major festivals, concert halls, and art exhibitions throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

  • Jul 11

    What do you see? Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography, Grades 6 – 12

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    This July, we are offering a four-session professional development course through ASPDP for New York City Educators. To register for this class, please visit the ASPDP website. Please note, you must register through ASPDP in order to receive P-credit for the course. Registration ends July 10.

    Dates: July 11, 13, 18, and 20th
    (This is one class that meets four times)

    Course Description:

    Aperture On Sight visual literacy trainer Alice Proujansky — a professional photographer and trained arts educator — will lead educators through adapting Aperture’s twenty-session visual literacy and photography curriculum to their students’ needs. Participants will decode and encode images, learning how to interpret photographs using flexible, engaging inquiry techniques that make material accessible to students. The curriculum has been successfully tested with a wide range of students, including English Language Learners, college-bound art students, and sixth graders with no previous experience.

    Using readings from Visual Thinking Strategies, Responsive Classroom, Paulo Freire, and Paul Berger, we will understand the ways that images communicate, how students can infuse their own photographs with meaning, and ways to move beyond art history lectures toward truly thoughtful interpretative conversations that encourage students to make personal connections with visual imagery. Participants will do several of Aperture’s hands-on photography and photobook-making lessons, using cameras and visual games to understand the student experience.

    Educators will practice leading image interpretation conversations with students, overcoming technical concerns, and photobook-making. The trainer will also observe and give feedback on visual literacy teaching. Topics include Collaborative Portraiture, Different Kinds of Truth, Metaphor, Context Case Study, and Mind Mapping.

    Register here.

  • Jul 13

    What do you see? Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography, Grades 6 – 12

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    This July, we are offering a four-session professional development course through ASPDP for New York City Educators. To register for this class, please visit the ASPDP website. Please note, you must register through ASPDP in order to receive P-credit for the course. Registration ends July 10.

    Dates: July 11, 13, 18, and 20th
    (This is one class that meets four times)

    Course Description:

    Aperture On Sight visual literacy trainer Alice Proujansky — a professional photographer and trained arts educator — will lead educators through adapting Aperture’s twenty-session visual literacy and photography curriculum to their students’ needs. Participants will decode and encode images, learning how to interpret photographs using flexible, engaging inquiry techniques that make material accessible to students. The curriculum has been successfully tested with a wide range of students, including English Language Learners, college-bound art students, and sixth graders with no previous experience.

    Using readings from Visual Thinking Strategies, Responsive Classroom, Paulo Freire, and Paul Berger, we will understand the ways that images communicate, how students can infuse their own photographs with meaning, and ways to move beyond art history lectures toward truly thoughtful interpretative conversations that encourage students to make personal connections with visual imagery. Participants will do several of Aperture’s hands-on photography and photobook-making lessons, using cameras and visual games to understand the student experience.

    Educators will practice leading image interpretation conversations with students, overcoming technical concerns, and photobook-making. The trainer will also observe and give feedback on visual literacy teaching. Topics include Collaborative Portraiture, Different Kinds of Truth, Metaphor, Context Case Study, and Mind Mapping.

    Register here.

  • Jul 13

    Member Preview of the 2017 Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Not an Aperture Member? Join Aperture’s membership program to get closer to the best in photography.

    Aperture Members are cordially invited to a special exhibition preview and reception on Thursday, July 13 for the 2017 Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom.

    5:30-7:00 p.m. – Member preview and reception
    6:00 p.m. – Introductions by Chris Boot, Aperture’s executive director, and Wyatt Gallery, For Freedoms
    7:00-8:30 p.m. – Open to the public

    Curated by For Freedoms, this year’s exhibition offers a photographic response to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The photographers and image-makers selected for inclusion each address these issues in their work in varying ways. By bringing them together, we aim to open up a dialogue about the nature and necessity of political action, the language and means by which we critique and produce avenues for sustainable change, and the relationship of photography to these issues.

    In the hands of some of the photographers presented in this exhibition, the camera serves as a mirror, reflecting on the stark limitations that make social inequality visible. In others, the camera serves as a tool of liberation—for the body and the mind, and from personal and ecological danger, social constructs, and political limitations. The selection demonstrates how the democratic nature of photography can serve as a vehicle for diverse perspectives to visualize social problems, spark dialogue, and transform assumptions. For many, freedom may be an illusion, but the photographers here are committed to mapping new aspects of this critical terrain—identifying a trail, pointing out dangers along the way—and ever aiming toward the light.

    Click here for a list of participating photographers.

    About the Aperture Summer Open
    The Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery that features a wide variety of work drawn from members of our photographic community. Selected annually by a prominent curator or editor, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on critical themes and trends driving international contemporary photographic practice. The exhibition opens the doors of the foundation to all photographers, both well- and lesser-known, as it fosters and promotes new ideas and talent.

    Aperture’s exhibitions are funded, in part, with support from the Grace Jones Richardson Trust, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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  • Jul 13

    2017 Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join us for the opening reception of the 2017 Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom. Curated by For Freedoms, this year’s exhibition offers a photographic response to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The photographers and image-makers selected for inclusion each address these issues in their work in varying ways. By bringing them together, we aim to open up a dialogue about the nature and necessity of political action, the language and means by which we critique and produce avenues for sustainable change, and the relationship of photography to these issues.

    In the hands of some of the photographers presented in this exhibition, the camera serves as a mirror, reflecting on the stark limitations that make social inequality visible. In others, the camera serves as a tool of liberation—for the body and the mind, and from personal and ecological danger, social constructs, and political limitations. The selection demonstrates how the democratic nature of photography can serve as a vehicle for diverse perspectives to visualize social problems, spark dialogue, and transform assumptions. For many, freedom may be an illusion, but the photographers here are committed to mapping new aspects of this critical terrain—identifying a trail, pointing out dangers along the way—and ever aiming toward the light.

    Click here for a list of participating photographers.

    About the Aperture Summer Open
    Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery that features a wide variety of work drawn from members of our photographic community. Selected annually by a prominent curator or editor, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on critical themes and trends driving international contemporary photographic practice. The exhibition opens the doors of the Foundation to all photographers, both well- and lesser-known, as it fosters and promotes new ideas and talent.

    Aperture’s exhibitions are also funded, in part, with support from the Grace Jones Richardson Trust, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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  • Jul 18

    What do you see? Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography, Grades 6 – 12

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    This July, we are offering a four-session professional development course through ASPDP for New York City Educators. To register for this class, please visit the ASPDP website. Please note, you must register through ASPDP in order to receive P-credit for the course. Registration ends July 10.

    Dates: July 11, 13, 18, and 20th
    (This is one class that meets four times)

    Course Description:

    Aperture On Sight visual literacy trainer Alice Proujansky — a professional photographer and trained arts educator — will lead educators through adapting Aperture’s twenty-session visual literacy and photography curriculum to their students’ needs. Participants will decode and encode images, learning how to interpret photographs using flexible, engaging inquiry techniques that make material accessible to students. The curriculum has been successfully tested with a wide range of students, including English Language Learners, college-bound art students, and sixth graders with no previous experience.

    Using readings from Visual Thinking Strategies, Responsive Classroom, Paulo Freire, and Paul Berger, we will understand the ways that images communicate, how students can infuse their own photographs with meaning, and ways to move beyond art history lectures toward truly thoughtful interpretative conversations that encourage students to make personal connections with visual imagery. Participants will do several of Aperture’s hands-on photography and photobook-making lessons, using cameras and visual games to understand the student experience.

    Educators will practice leading image interpretation conversations with students, overcoming technical concerns, and photobook-making. The trainer will also observe and give feedback on visual literacy teaching. Topics include Collaborative Portraiture, Different Kinds of Truth, Metaphor, Context Case Study, and Mind Mapping.

    Register here.

  • Jul 18

    Aperture Live: Platform Africa

    Autograph ABP

    Rivington Place

    London,

    Celebrate the launch of Aperture magazine’s summer 2017 issue, “Platform Africa”, with artists Malala Andrialavidrazana and Zineb Sedira and curator Zoe Whitley in discussion with Aperture’s managing editor Brendan Wattenberg.

    For ticketing and further information, click here.

    “Platform Africa” takes an in-depth look at the dynamic spaces that have shaped conversations about photography in Africa for the last twenty-five years—the biennials, experimental art spaces, and educational workshops in which artists and audiences interact with photography

    The issue is edited in collaboration with Bisi Silva, founder and artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria; John Fleetwood, former head of Johannesburg’s Market Photo Workshop and current director of Photo:, a new African initiative; and Aïcha Diallo, associate editor of the online magazine Contemporary And.

    Malala Andrialavidrazana was born in Madagascar in 1971. Originally trained as an architect, she turned to photography in the early 2000s, and has exhibited at such platforms as the Bamako Biennale and Addis Foto Fest. Her series Echoes (from Indian Ocean) (2011–13) considers the intimate spaces and diverse communities of the Indian Ocean region in Madagascar, India, South Africa, and Reunion. Figures, Andrialavidrazana’s latest work, featured in Aperture, combines historical maps, currency, and images of African icons from Nefertiti to Mobutu Sese Seko, alluding to the histories of cartography, globalization, and cultural exchange.

    Zineb Sedira was born in Paris in 1963 to Algerian parents and has lived and worked in London since 1986. Over the last two decades, she has become an advocate for artists in Algeria, where, in 2011, she started aria, an international artist residency program. Sedira’s work in photography and video concerns the interrogational stories of the North African Diaspora, her family’s experience during the Algerian War of Independence, and African migrants seeking passage to Europe. Her work has been exhibited internationally and will be featured in solo exhibitions at the Sharjah Art Foundation (2018) and Jeu de Paume (2019).

    Zoe Whitley is Curator, International Art, at Tate. She oversees the development of the artists’ film program at Tate Britain, such as Transform: Artists’ FilmArtists Beyond Film (2014). Since 2014 her role also has included work at Tate Modern, where she co-wrote Tate’s revised Africa acquisitions strategy and researches contemporary artists and art practices from the African continent and the African diaspora. Whitley is co-curator, with Mark Godfrey, of the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern in summer 2017.

    Brendan Wattenberg is the managing editor of Aperture magazine. Formerly the director of exhibitions at The Walther Collection in New York, he has contributed essays and interviews to NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Another Africa, Contemporary And, and Aperture’s PhotoBook Review and is the editor of the photobook François-Xavier Gbré: The Past is a Foreign Country. Wattenberg has served on the jury for the Addis Foto Fest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2016) and the Changjiang International Photography and Video Art Biennale in Chongqing, China (2017).

    Image: Malala Andrialavidrazana, Figures 1838, Atlas Élémentaire, 2015. Courtesy the artist; Afronova, Johannesburg; Kehrer Galerie, Berlin; and 50Golborne, London

  • Jul 20

    What do you see? Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography, Grades 6 – 12

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    This July, we are offering a four-session professional development course through ASPDP for New York City Educators. To register for this class, please visit the ASPDP website. Please note, you must register through ASPDP in order to receive P-credit for the course. Registration ends July 10.

    Dates: July 11, 13, 18, and 20th
    (This is one class that meets four times)

    Course Description:

    Aperture On Sight visual literacy trainer Alice Proujansky — a professional photographer and trained arts educator — will lead educators through adapting Aperture’s twenty-session visual literacy and photography curriculum to their students’ needs. Participants will decode and encode images, learning how to interpret photographs using flexible, engaging inquiry techniques that make material accessible to students. The curriculum has been successfully tested with a wide range of students, including English Language Learners, college-bound art students, and sixth graders with no previous experience.

    Using readings from Visual Thinking Strategies, Responsive Classroom, Paulo Freire, and Paul Berger, we will understand the ways that images communicate, how students can infuse their own photographs with meaning, and ways to move beyond art history lectures toward truly thoughtful interpretative conversations that encourage students to make personal connections with visual imagery. Participants will do several of Aperture’s hands-on photography and photobook-making lessons, using cameras and visual games to understand the student experience.

    Educators will practice leading image interpretation conversations with students, overcoming technical concerns, and photobook-making. The trainer will also observe and give feedback on visual literacy teaching. Topics include Collaborative Portraiture, Different Kinds of Truth, Metaphor, Context Case Study, and Mind Mapping.

    Register here.

  • Aug 23 - Aug 27

    Rick Sands: Breaking the Light Barrier

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY