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On the Cover: Aperture’s “Los Angeles” Issue

August 15th, 2018

Like any metropolis, LA is dynamic, changing, evolving, contested.

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  • Aug 18

    Gallery & Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

  • Aug 22 - Aug 26

    Zona Maco Foto 2018

    Centro Citibanamex, Hall D

    AV. Conscripto 311, Lomas de Sotelo

    Mexico City,

    Visit Aperture at booth P56 during Zona Maco Foto, from August 22–26, to view a range of limited-edition prints and our latest publications. This year, Zona Maco’s fourth edition presents a selection of vintage, modern, and contemporary photography from worldwide galleries.

    Todd Hido at Zona Maco Foto

    Saturday, August 25, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Join photographer Todd Hido for a talk with Aperture’s Associate Publisher Amelia Lang, followed by a book signing.

    For tickets and further details, please visit


  • Aug 25 - Sep 3

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Aug 25

    BookMaker Symposium

    Aperture Gallery

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,N.Y.

  • Aug 25

    Todd Hido at Zona Maco Foto

    Centro Citibanamex, Hall D

    AV. Conscripto 311, Lomas de Sotelo

    Mexico City,

    Please join photographer Todd Hido and Aperture’s Associate Publisher Amelia Lang in conversation at Zona Maco Foto. An internationally renowned artist, Hido explores the genres of landscape, interior, and nude photography, with an emphasis on creating images from a personal perspective and with a sense of intimacy. While he is perhaps best known for photographing suburban dwellings from the outside, he has also entered the interiors of these houses and integrated the human form into his work. Lang and Hido’s conversation will center on not only his process, but also on the central role of photobooks in his creative practice.

    Zona Maco Foto presents its fourth edition on August 22–26, 2018, with a selection of vintage, modern, and contemporary photography from worldwide galleries. Visit Aperture’s booth to view a range of limited-edition prints and our latest publications.

    For tickets and further details, please visit

    The Photography Workshop Series: Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and The Nude (Aperture, 2014)

    In The Photography Workshop Series, Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches, teachings, and insights on photography—offering the workshop experience in a book. Our goal is to inspire photographers of all levels who wish to improve their work, as well as readers interested in deepening their understanding of the art of photography. Each book features the creative process and core thinking of a photographer told in their own words and through pictures of their choosing. Each volume is introduced by a well-known student of the featured photographer.

    In this book, Todd Hido explores the genres of landscape, interior, and nude photography, with an emphasis on creating images from a personal perspective and with a sense of intimacy. Through words and photographs, he reveals insight into his own practice and discusses a wide range of creative issues, including mining one’s own memory and experience as inspiration; using light, texture, and detail for greater impact; exploring the narrative potential activated when sequencing images; and creating powerful stories with emotional weight and beauty.

    Todd Hido (born in Kent, Ohio, 1968) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist. He is well-known for his photography of urban and suburban housing across the United States, and for his use of detail and luminous color. His previous books include House Hunting (2001), Outskirts (2002), Roaming (2004), and Between the Two (2007). He is a recipient of a Eureka Fellowship and a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Visual Arts Award, and is repre­sented by Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco. He is an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts.

  • Sep 7

    Nicole Fleetwood on Prison Nation

    Revolution Books

    437 Malcolm X Blvd.

    New York,NY

    Join Nicole R. Fleetwood for a discussion about Aperture’s “Prison Nation” magazine at Revolution Books.

    At a moment when 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the US, 3.8 million people are on probation, and 870,000 former prisoners are on parole, how can images tell the story of mass incarceration when the imprisoned don’t have control over their own representation? How can photographs visualize a reality that disproportionately affects people of color, and, for many, remains outside of view? Aperture magazine’s spring issue, “Prison Nation,” addresses the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of this national crisis.

    Revolution Books is a non-profit/all-volunteer bookstore that is the political, intellectual, and cultural center for a movement for an actual revolution. There is a $5-$10 donation for this program.

    Nicole R. Fleetwood is associate professor in the Department of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is currently completing a book on art and mass incarceration. Her two previous books are Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness(2011) and On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (2015). Fleetwood is the recipient of awards and fellowships from NYPL’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, American Council of Learned Societies, Whiting Foundation, Schomburg Center for Scholars-in-Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Sep 8 - Sep 9

    John Chiara: Experimenting with Photography

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

  • Sep 14

    ART PAPERS LIVE: Zanele Muholi

    Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

    350 Spelman Ln SW


    ART PAPERS LIVE, in partnership with Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, present an evening with photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi, and Renée Mussai, the London-based curator and contributor to Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness (Aperture, 2018). Join the two at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta for a discussion surrounding Muholi’s most recent work and publication.

    Event Schedule:
    6pm: Museum opens
    6.30pm: Auditorium Doors open
    7pm: Program begins
    8.15pm: Q+A
    8.30pm: Book signing and reception

    This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness” on view at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art from September 14–December 8, 2018.

    For further details and to register for this event, please visit

    Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness (Aperture, 2018)

    Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness includes one hundred self-portraits created by one of the most powerful visual activists of our time. In each of the images, Muholi drafts material props from their immediate environment in an effort to reflect her journey, explore their own image and possibilities as a black woman in today’s global society, and—most important—to speak emphatically in response to contemporary and historical racisms. As they state, “I am producing this photographic document to encourage people to be brave enough to occupy spaces, brave enough to create without fear of being vilified. . . . To teach people about our history, to re-think what history is all about, to re-claim it for ourselves, to encourage people to use artistic tools such as cameras as weapons to fight back.”

    Zanele Muholi (born in Umlazi, South Africa, 1972) is a visual activist and photographer, cofounder of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women, and founder of Inkanyiso, a forum for queer and visual media. Muholi has won numerous awards for their work, including the ICP Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism (2016); the Fine Prize for an emerging artist at the 2013 Carnegie International; a Prince Claus Award (2013); and both the Casa África award for best female photographer and a Fondation Blachère award at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography (2009). Her Faces and Phases series was shown at dOCUMENTA (13) and the 55th Venice Biennale and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2015. Muholi is an honorary professor at the University of the Arts Bremen, Germany. They are represented by Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.

  • Sep 15

    Collection Visit: Kendall Messick


    Aperture Members at the Connect ($150) level and above are invited to a collection visit to the Jersey City home of Kendall Messick.

    Kendall Messick is an artist and collector. Messick’s third project, Impermanence, included photographs taken over the course of four years that documented the remains of his collection after a significant fire ravaged his historic home in Jersey City. It has been painstakingly restored and is once again filled with collected photography, art, and antiques from around the world.

    Not an Aperture Member? Become one today to receive an exclusive invitation to this event and participate in other educational gatherings year round!

    Image: Messick Home © Paul Raeside


  • Sep 20 - Sep 23

    NY Art Book Fair

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.

    Long Island City,NY

    Preview – Thursday, September 20: 6:00–9:00 p.m. (Ticketed) 
    Friday, September 21: 1:00–7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, September 22: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
    Sunday, September 23: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

    Visit Aperture Foundation at the thirteenth annual NY Art Book Fair, a three-day event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. Exhibitors range from photography and art book publishers, small and large, to individual artists and institutions.

    Aperture programming details coming soon. 

    For more information, see visit

  • Sep 21

    2018 Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist Announcement

    Basement Theatre at MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.

    Long Island City,NY

    Join Aperture in the Basement Theater at the New York Art Book Fair for the announcement of the 2018 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist, celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. Showcasing the best recently published books across three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. The jury will speak briefly about the current State of the PhotoBook in advance of announcing the thirty-five books short-listed for award consideration.

    For more information about, see here.

  • Sep 24

    Zanele Muholi at MICA

    Maryland Institute College of Art

    Lazarus Center Auditorium, L 115


    Aperture Foundation and Maryland Institute College of Art are pleased to present an artist talk with Zanele Muholi.

    Zanele Muholi is a South African visual activist. For over a decade she has documented black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s lives in various townships in South Africa. Responding to the continuing discrimination and violence faced by the LGBTI community, in 2006 Muholi embarked on an ongoing project, Faces and Phases, in which she depicts black lesbian and transgender individuals. These arresting portraits are part of Muholi’s contribution towards a more democratic and representative South African homosexual history. In a more recent ongoing series, MaID (My Identity) or, read differently, “maid”, Muholi becomes both the participant and the image-maker, as she turns the camera on herself. Experimenting with different characters and archetypes, Muholi’s self-portraits reference specific events in South Africa’s political history. Through exaggerating the darkness of her skin tone, Muholi reclaims her blackness, and offsets the culturally dominant images of black women in the media today.

    Solo exhibitions have taken place at institutions including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam / Autograph ABP, London: the Mead Art Museum, Amherst / Gallatin Galleries, New York; Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool / Brooklyn Museum, New York / Kulturhistorek Museum, Oslo / Einsteinhaus, Ulm; Schwules Museum, Berlin / and Casa Africa, Las Palmas.

    Her work is included in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts / the Brooklyn Museum / the Carnegie Museum of Art / the Guggenheim Museum / the Museum of Modern Art New York / the San Francisco Museum of Art / the Tate Modern, London / the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and others.

    Zanele lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Image by: Zanele Muholi, Bester I, Mayotte, 2015; from Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness (Aperture, 2018) © Zanele Muholi, courtesy of Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town/Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

    This artist talk is sponsored by:
    Undergraduate Photography Program, Aperture Foundation & Stuart Cooper (MICA Photography Alum “72)

  • Sep 25

    Guadalupe Rosales and Vivian Crockett

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    Aperture Foundation is pleased to present a night of conversation between artist Guadalupe Rosales and independent curator Vivian Crockett.

    Since 2015, artist Guadalupe Rosales has been building an archive of vernacular photographs and ephemera connected to Latinx culture in Los Angeles. Her projects exist as both archives of physical objects and crowdsourced digital archives, assembled on her widely followed Instagram accounts (@veteranas_and_rucas and @map_pointz). Guided by an instinct to create counter narratives, Rosales tells the stories of communities often underrepresented in official archives and public memory.

    A short reception will be held after the talk to celebrate Rosales’s exhibition, Legends Never Die, A Collective Memory. For this exhibition, which extends from a feature in Aperture’s Fall 2018 issue, “Los Angeles,” Rosales presents an installation of materials from her archives—from photobooth images of couples to young Chicanx women posing with cars to the party crews that ran East LA’s underground music scene in the 1990s.

    Guadalupe Rosales is an artist and archivist based in Los Angeles. She is founder and operator of Veteranas & Rucas and Map Pointz, digital archives accessible through Instagram. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, California; Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. In 2016, Rosales took over the New Yorker’s social media for a week and was one of the top-rated takeovers of the year. Her subsequent role as the inaugural Instagram Artist in Residence at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was featured in the Los Angeles Times, Artsy, and Artforum. She has lectured at numerous museums and academic institutions, including the University of California, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; New York University; and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, among others. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016.

    Vivian Crockett is a New York–based independent researcher, scholar, and curator focusing largely on the art of African diasporas, (Afro)Latinx diasporas, and the Americas at the varied intersections of race, gender, and queer theory. She is a PhD candidate in art history at Columbia University whose dissertation examines artistic practices and discourses in Brazil in the sixties and seventies. Crockett was recently the 2017–18 Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

    Photograph by Mike Slack for Aperture, Photographs in Guadalupe Rosales’s studio, Los Angeles, 2018

    Aperture Foundation’s public programs and exhibitions are supported, in part, by generous donations from our Board of Trustees, our Members and other individuals, and major support from foundations, including Ford Foundation, Grace Jones Richardson Trust, Henry Luce Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation, and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with 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.

  • Oct 16

    Artist Talk: Sheila Pree Bright

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

    Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design of The New School, is pleased to present a conversation between artist Sheila Pree Bright and creative consultant Likisha “Kiche” Griffin. Join us for a night filled with insight and discussion between Bright and Griffin, both of whom have been working together to lead the path toward racial progress in America. Bright, an Atlanta-based photographer, combines compelling portraits of social justice activists from the past and the present with images of today’s most recent protests surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement in her new book, #1960Now. After the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, Bright traveled the country attending protests to create images that represent a timeless history. The past and present work in conjunction with one another to not only remind us that the battle we are fighting is far from over, but also to raise awareness of millennial standpoints on issues of civil rights. Creative producer Griffin has worked with Bright on branding strategies for the #1960Now digital campaigns, contributed an essay to the book #1960Now, and is coproducer of Bright’s related art film.

    Image by Sheila Pree Bright, National March on Ferguson, “We Can’t Stop Now,” protesting police violence and the murder of Mike Brown, 2015.

     Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed fine-art photographer known for her photographic series #1960Now, 1960Who, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia.  She received national attention shortly after earning her MFA in photography from Georgia State University, and describes herself as a visual cultural producer portraying large-scale works that combine a wide range of contemporary culture. Bright’s work is included in books, exhibitions, and numerous private and public collections, and she is the recipient of several awards, including the Santa Fe Prize (2006). Her current and most ambitious project to date, #1960Now, is now in the collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC; Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta.

    Kiche Griffin is a creative producer and consultant who has worked with various museums and art organizations. She is an essay contributor to Prospect.4 New Orleans, a citywide triennial of contemporary art curated by artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker; her contribution to the exhibition catalogue honors the legacy work of MacArthur Fellow John T. Scott. She was the community engagement curator of Devin Allen: Awakenings, in a New Light and a curatorial assistant of Ruth Starr Rose (1887–1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World, curated by art historian Barbara Paca (both at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 2015–16). Currently, Griffin is director of L. Griffin Creative, an Atlanta-based boutique studio that produces digital content for art professionals and independent filmmakers.

    Aperture Foundation’s public programs are supported, in part, by generous donations from our Board of Trustees, our members and other individuals, and from corporate foundations and private foundations including: Grace Jones Richardson Trust, the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with 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.


  • Oct 20 - Oct 21

    Jamel Shabazz: On the Streets

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

  • Oct 23

    Book Launch: Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph

    Peter Jay Sharp Building

    30 Lafayette Ave



    Join photographer Deana Lawson at BAM for the launch of her highly anticipated, landmark first book, Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph (Aperture, 2018). Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore, the celebratory evening will feature a conversation between Lawson and artist Torkwase Dyson, followed by a book signing.

    For tickets and further details, please visit

    Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph (Aperture, 2018)

    Deana Lawson is one of the most intriguing photographers of her generation. Over the last ten years, she has created a visionary language to describe identities through intimate portraiture and striking accounts of ceremonies and rituals. Using medium- and large-format cameras, Lawson works with models she meets in the United States and on travels in the Caribbean and Africa to construct arresting, highly structured, and deliberately theatrical scenes animated by an exquisite range of color and attention to surprising details: bedding and furniture in domestic interiors or lush plants in Edenic gardens. The body—often nude—is central. Throughout her work, which invites comparison to the photography of Diane Arbus, Jeff Wall, and Carrie Mae Weems, Lawson seeks to portray the personal and the powerful in black life. Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph features forty beautifully reproduced photographs, an essay by the acclaimed writer Zadie Smith, and an expansive conversation with the filmmaker Arthur Jafa.

    Deana Lawson (born in Rochester, New York, 1979) received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her photography has been exhibited widely, including at the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the 2018 Whitney Biennial. Lawson is assistant professor in visual arts at Princeton University, and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.

  • Oct 27 - Oct 29

    The Gala Weekend


    CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to The Gala Weekend.

    Saturday, October 27 to Monday, October 29
    Gala Weekend access is included with ticket purchases at the $2,500 level or above. Lunch, refreshments, and transportation will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

    Saturday, October 27
    Collection visit at the home of Bernard Lumpkin and Carmine Boccuzzi, preview and tour with Catherine Opie of her exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, and other activities. The day will conclude with an auction and print sale preview over cocktails at Aperture Foundation at 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York.

    Sunday, October 28
    Viewing with Sam Contis at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery and studio visits with Matthew Pillsbury and Zoë Buckman, plus other activities to be announced.

    Monday, October 29
    Collection visit at the home of Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas Lee.

    A Gala Weekend/Dinner Ticket includes seated dinner for one guest, plus invitation for one guest to attend the October 27–29 Gala Weekend.

  • Oct 30

    2018 Aperture Gala: Family

    Cedar Lake

    547 West 26th Street

    New York,New York

    CLICK HERE to purchase tables and tickets.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Aperture Gala
    Celebrating photography’s role in expanding our vision of family

    Agnes Gund, Catherine Gund, Catherine Opie, Hank Willis Thomas, and Dr. Deborah Willis

    Sir Elton John, Judy and Leonard Lauder, Nion McEvoy, and Jessica Nagle

    6:00 p.m.
    Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and special print sale with music by Coco & Breezy

    8:00 p.m.
    Dinner, live auction, tributes, and a performance by Kathy Sledge and The House of Xtravaganza

    Festive attire

    Proceeds from the Gala support Aperture’s general operating fund, including award-winning publications, education programs, and touring exhibitions.

    You must be 21 or older to attend Aperture’s Gala

  • Nov 7 - Nov 11

    2018 Paris Photo Patron Program


    Exclusively for Patron Members


    Join Aperture Foundation in Paris November 7­–11, 2018, for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards and the 2018 edition of Paris Photo, the leading international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium.

    As an Aperture Trustee or Patron traveling to Paris, you will be invited to Paris Photo’s vernissage on Wednesday, November 7, as well as select activities organized by Aperture, and an intimate cocktail and dinner with Aperture editors and artists.

    Space is very limited. Reserve your spot today!

    One Aperture membership (valid through November 11, 2018) at the Patron ($1,000), Benefactor ($2,500), or Paul Strand Circle ($5,000) level is required to participate in any of the Aperture-organized activities in Paris.

    Contact Jean Son at [email protected] or 212.946.7146 for more details on the trip and Aperture’s Patron Program.


  • Nov 22 - Nov 25

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

  • Dec 25 - Jan 2

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY