Aperture Magazine
#227, Summer 2017

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Platform Africa

This summer, Aperture 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. “Platform Africa” presents a new generation of artists who have connected through such platforms as the Bamako Biennale in Mali and Addis Foto Fest in Ethiopia, and is produced in collaboration with guest editors 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 Contemporary And.

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Table of Contents

Radical Women, Walker Evans, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Arwed Messmer, and David Hockney

Geoffrey Batchen on The Era of the Photograph, 1966

Maria Morris Hambourg on Irving Penn

by Leslie Hewitt


Editors’ Note: Platform Africa

Five Cities, Five Platforms
Contributions by Emmanuel Iduma, Serubiri Moses, Carole Diop, Yasmine El Rashidi, and Brendan Wattenberg

Bamako Revisited
by Bisi Silva

Through the Lens
by Franziska Jenni

The Lives of Samuel Fosso
A Conversation with Yves Chatap

School Days
by Sean O’Toole

Truth Telling & High Fashion
by Rita Potenza

Raw Land
by Morad Montazami


Sabelo Mlangeni
Introduction by Bongani Madondo

Malala Andrialavidrazana
Introduction by Antawan I. Byrd

Mimi Cherono Ng’ok
Introduction by Hansi Momodu-Gordon

Nico Krijno
Introduction by Sara Knelman

Jody Brand
Introduction by Jenna Wortham

Ashley Walters
Introduction by Candice Jansen

Abdo Shanan
Introduction by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Délio Jasse
Introduction by Silas Martí

Eric Gyamfi
Introduction by M. Neelika Jayawardane

François-Xavier Gbré
Introduction by Sean Anderson

Aperture Beat

Object Lessons
Self-Portrait by Chief S. O. Alonge, Nigeria, ca. 1942

Online Exclusives

Can African Critics Rewrite the Story of African Photography?
M. Neelika Jayawardane in conversation with Emmanuel Iduma

A Readymade World in the Heart of the Country
by Matthew Leifheit

Camerawork Now
by Rahima Gambo

Screen Legends
by Khanya Mashabela

Learning From Addis Ababa
by Brendan Wattenberg

In Cameroon, A New Platform for Emerging Photographers
AMET (Elsa M’bala) in conversation with Christine Eyene and Landry Mbassi

Between Two Worlds
Zineb Sedira in Conversation with Colline Milliard

In Ghana, Visions of Queer Friendship and Love: Eric Gyamfi in Conversation with M. Neelika Jayawardane

Malala Andrialavidrazana Redraws the Map
By Missla Libsekal and Sonia Recasens

Délio Jasse’s Endless Archive
By Paula Nascimento

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