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Tilda Swinton Guest Edits Aperture’s “Orlando” Issue

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s pioneering novel “Orlando,” Aperture’s summer issue presents original photographs and writings that celebrate openness, curiosity, and human possibility.


Barbara Ess is Always Watching

An artist investigates the aesthetics of surveillance at home and on the U.S.-Mexico Border.


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Camp

James Bidgood Museum of Sex Exhibition
James Bidgood Museum of Sex Exhibition

James Bidgood’s queer and candy-colored photographs were camp before camp was stylish.


The Enduring Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Isaac Julien’s latest film explores the life and work of a man who believed in the power of photographs to transform American society.


Introducing: Karolina Karlic

For the second installment of our new series “Introducing,” Aperture speaks with a photographer tracing the globalization of rubber from the Amazon to Ohio.

talks & interviews

How to Capture an Intimate History

For Jane Evelyn Atwood, who has photographed sex workers and prisoners, it’s all about the balance between intuition and occasion.

aperture beat

Aperture and LensCulture Celebrate the Opening of “Beyond Boundaries”

On Thursday, April 26, LensCulture and Aperture communities gathered at Aperture gallery for the opening of a wide-ranging exhibition.


The Woman Behind the First-Ever Photograph of DNA

Under-appreciated during her lifetime, physical chemist Rosalind E. Franklin’s mysterious and ground-breaking photograph helped transform the science of genetics.

aperture beat

Aperture Announces Free Publication for Historic Convening at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute

Download the curriculum, including thirty-one texts on topics ranging from civic space and memorials to the intersections of race, technology, and justice.


Let Us Now Praise David Lebe

A long-overdue exhibition expands the canon of gay photography.

talks & interviews

The Pain and Pleasure of Queer Life in Egypt

Mahmoud Khaled considers the legacy of the “Cairo 52,” the men who were arrested in 2001 at a gay-friendly nightclub.

portfolio prize

2019 Portfolio Prize Winner: Mark McKnight

Mark McKnight’s black-and-white images of bodies and landscapes challenge Eurocentric ideas about male beauty—and aim to make “straight” photography a little less straight.