Aperture Magazine
#219, Summer 2015

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Table of Contents


Editor’s Note

Collectors: The Sculptors
Contributions by Frank Benson, Carol Bove, Rachel Harrison, B. Wurtz

On Portraits
by Geoff Dyer

by LaToya Ruby Frazier

David Campany on Bern Porter’s Dieresis


Picture Tokyo
by Noi Sawaragi and Hideo Furukawa

Magazine Work
by Ivan Vartanian

Camera Play
by Yasufumi Nakamori

Takuma Nakahira: At the Limits of the Gaze
by Franz Prichard


Nakahira’s Circulation
by Matthew S. Witkovsky

Nobuyoshi Araki: Kekkai

Takashi Homma: Tokyo Obscura

Cozue Takagi: Biwajima

Daisuke Yokota
Introduction by Dan Abbe

Issei Suda
Introduction by Niwa Harumi

Mayumi Hosokura: Transparency Is the New Mystery

Rinko Kawauchi
Introduction by Lesley A. Martin

Naoya Hatakeyama: Yamate-Dori
Introduction by Andrew Maerkle

Kikuji Kawada
In conversation with Ryuichi Kaneko


Object Lessons
The Obi

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