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This spring, Aperture’s “Earth” issue considers the natural world in the age of climate change, extreme weather, and dramatically politicized landscapes. For the issue, Aperture commissioned Carolyn Drake to document the aftermath of recent wildfires in Northern California, which destroyed communities and displaced thousands. “It is the Anthropocene,” Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Finnegan writes of Drake’s austere images, referring to our geological age defined by human activity. “We must look to our own agency.”

“Earth” features artists engaged with visualizing the politics and poetics of the environment, from David Benjamin Sherry’s lush, color-washed images of US national parks reduced in size by the current Trump Administration to Lieko Shiga’s mysterious chronicle of Japan in the traumatic years following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. With planetary life in peril, the environment remains a source of visual discovery—and a site of urgent action.

“Earth” is on newsstands March 12.
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Table of Contents


Encore, John Goodman
By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Anne Collier

Lou Stoppard on Chuck Shacochis

Laura Guy on Jill Posener’s Spray It Loud, 1982

by Mark Steinmetz


Editors’ Note: Earth

Lieko Shiga: Human Spring
by Amanda Maddox

Ecofeminist World Building
by Eva Díaz

Art in the Anthropocene
T. J. Demos in Conversation with Charlotte Cotton

Paradise & Dystopia
Thomas Struth in Conversation with Aaron Schuman

Notions of Land
by Wanda Nanibush


Carolyn Drake
Introduction by William Finnegan

Jochen Lempert
Introduction by Brian Sholis

Gideon Mendel
Introduction by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

Thirza Schaap
Introduction by Sara Knelman

Bruno V. Roels
Introduction by Brian Dillon

Arguiñe Escandón & Yann Gross
Introduction by Emmanuel Iduma

Vasantha Yogananthan
Introduction by Aveek Sen

David Benjamin Sherry
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Object Lessons
Toxic Times, Summer 1990

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