Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, The New School
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
How do aesthetics shape our understanding of ecological concerns?
Celebrating the “Earth” issue of Aperture magazine, this conversation will consider the role of photography in describing our relationship to the natural world, in a moment of grave concern for the environment. This panel will include Carolyn Drake, who was commissioned by Aperture to photograph the aftermath of the recent wildfires in Northern California; David Benjamin Sherry, whose recent highly saturated color images portray national parks that have been significantly reduced in size by the Trump administration; and Mary Mattingly, whose work explores the ways in which raw materials are mined in the name of geoengineering.
This event will be moderated by Eva Diaz, Associate Professor of the History of Art and Design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
This event is presented by Aperture Foundation and the Photography Programs of Parsons School of Design at The New School.
Image: David Benjamin Sherry, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York
Generous support for this program is provided by the MurthyNAYAK Foundation.
Significant support for Aperture magazine has been provided by the Kanakia Foundation.
Additional support is provided, in part, by the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation, the Grace Jones Richardson Trust, the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
LensCulture is proud to present Beyond Boundaries, an expansive exhibition of recent discoveries in contemporary photography. Curated in part by leading editors, curators, thought leaders, and artists, Encounters is an inclusive group show that doubles as both a celebration and a survey of global image making today. With 101 participating photographers hailing from over thirty-four countries, this exhibition is a visual reflection of the beating hearts and curious minds of LensCulture’s vibrant community.
Every photographer exhibited at Beyond Boundaries has been recognized through LensCulture’s annual program of awards. As jury members, the following industry leaders were integral to this process of talent discovery:
Manila Camarini, D La Repubblica / Jim Casper, LensCulture / Bruno Ceschel, Self Publish, Be Happy / Lucy Conticello, Le Monde’s M magazine / Cristina de Middel, Magnum Photographer / Catherine Edelman, Catherine Edelman Gallery / Michael Famighetti, Aperture magazine / Anne Farrar, National Geographic Traveler / MaryAnne Golon, The Washington Post / Ihiro Hayami, T3 Tokyo International Photo Festival / Todd Hido, Photographer / Francis Hodgson, Prix Pictet / Corey Keller, SFMOMA / Deborah Klochko, Museum of Photographic Arts / Shoair Mavlian, Photoworks / Stephen Mayes, Tim Hetherington Trust / Karen McQuaid, The Photographers’ Gallery / Joanna Milter, The New Yorker / Francesca Morosini, GQ Italia & WIRED / Laura Moya, Photolucida / Jennifer Murray, Filter Photo / Mutsuko Ota, IMA Magazine / Daphne Palmer, Fraenkel Gallery / Alona Pardo, Barbican Art Gallery / Richard Renaldi, Photographer / Molly Roberts, National Geographic Magazine / Xavier Soule, Agence VU’ & Galerie VU’ / Hannah Watson, Trolley Books
LensCulture is one of the most far-reaching resources for discovering the best in contemporary photography around the world. Encounters is part of an ongoing commitment to offer recognition, exposure, and career-changing opportunities to photographers of all levels.
Aperture Connect Council Members are invited to tour Mary Mattingly’s Brooklyn studio on Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. Following the studio visit, the group will gather for refreshments at a neighborhood bar.
Mary Mattingly is a visual artist. She founded Swale, an edible landscape on a barge in New York City. Docked at public piers but following waterways common laws, Swale circumnavigates New York’s public land laws, allowing anyone to pick free fresh food. Swale instigated and cocreated the “foodway” in Concrete Plant Park, the Bronx, in 2017. Aperture is pleased to have Mattingly’s work included in the recently released issue of Aperture magazine, “Earth.”
Image: Mary Mattingly, Manufacturing a Rise and Fall a Rose and Fell, 2018
Aperture Lecture hosted by the Carnegie Museum of Art
Featuring Matthew Porter in conversation with Lesley A. Martin with Introduction by Dan Leers, Curator of Photography Carnegie Museum of Art
Join us for an evening with artist Matthew Porter and Lesley A. Martin, creative director and publisher of The PhotoBook Review. The discussion will include a brief introduction to Matthew’s photographic practice and a discussion as to how this particular “flying car” series fits into his work as a whole. Steve McQueen’s classic chase scenes are reimagined in this contemporary artist’s work.
Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, is pleased to present a conversation between Pete Brook and collector W.M. Hunt. Brook is a writer, curator, and educator teaching at San Quentin State Prison. As a guest instructor with the Prison University Project, he taught the history of photography and recently led a curriculum-writing workshop in which incarcerated students designed lesson plans for high school students about images and mass incarceration. His work focuses on how incarcerated students engage with photographs, how they see photographs of prisons, and how they want us to see prisons.
His project, A History of Prison Photography, Written by Prisoners, received the annual Howard Chapnick Grant, presented by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. The grant is awarded to an individual for their leadership in any field ancillary to photojournalism, such as picture editing, research, education, and management.
Pete Brook’s work at San Quentin was supported by grants from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.
Now celebrating its fortieth anniversary, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography was established to honor W. Eugene Smith, the legendary American photo-essayist. Today, it is one of the most prestigious honors in documentary photography, and recognizes excellence in documentary photography with annual grants totaling more than $50,000.
In 1996 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund also established the Howard Chapnick Grant to encourage and support leadership in fields related to photojournalism. Chapnick was a principal founder of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, and this grant was created in his honor. Chapnick had been the president of the photo agency Black Star, mentor to many photojournalists, and author of Truth Needs No Ally: Inside Photojournalism. The annual $5,000 grant is not intended for a photographer but rather may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, with special consideration given to individuals, initiatives, organizations, or projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism
Image from the Prison University Project, 2016. Image Credit: RJ Lozada
The Smith Talks and other programs at Aperture are supported, in part, by generous donations from our Board of Trustees; our Members and other individuals; corporate and private foundations, including the Grace Jones Richardson Trust and the Jane Smith Turner Foundation; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from The Incite Project, Herb Ritts Foundation, Canon USA, and The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation. Additional support is provided by Aperture, Brilliant Graphics, Center for Creative Photography (CCP), the International Center of Photography, MediaStorm, Photo District News (PDN), School of Visual Arts MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, School of Visual Arts MPS Digital Photography, and Synergy Communications.
Please join us in celebrating Kwame Brathwaite’s new monograph with Aperture, Black Is Beautiful, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Kwame Brathwaite Jr. will be in conversation with Tanisha C. Ford to discuss the work.