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How to Be a Photographer Right Now

Three artists confront how COVID-19 has changed their lives and work—and how they see the world.

talks & interviews

In Mexico City, a Visual Archive of AIDS Activism

What does an exhibition about Mexico’s response to the HIV epidemic reveal about the connections between art and public health?

from the editors

13 Photographers on Turning Points in Their Work

Elliott Erwitt, Zun Lee, Alec Soth, and more on the turning points in their photographs—from global and national events to the most personal moments.


Announcing the 2020 Aperture Portfolio Prize Shortlist

From over 900 submissions, meet our five shortlisted artists.


How Are Young Photographers Documenting the Protests in Hong Kong?

Beyond the tear gas and the front lines, these Hong Kong photographers have found new ways to represent the city’s political crisis.

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The Light All Around Us

In his 1970s photographs from Colorado, Robert Adams finds the beauty and emotion in everyday homes.

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In Japan, a Photographer Finds There’s No Stranger Place than Home

Fumi Ishino’s photographs ask what happens when a house becomes unfamiliar.

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What Happens When the American Dream of Homeownership Reaches Mexico?

For more than a decade, Alejandro Cartagena has photographed Mexican suburbs transformed by the rapid construction of new homes.

from the editors

11 Photographers on How To Finish a Body of Work

When should you bring a photographic project to an end?

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Denise Scott Brown on the Signs and Symbols for Living

For the acclaimed architect, photography has always been a central approach to design.

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Midcentury Modern in Black and White

In the postwar years, Ezra Stoller photographed iconic buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. But, were his images a reality—or an ideal?

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The Terror and Pleasure of Staying at Home

How did an early 1990s exhibition anticipate the transformation of family life in the U.S.?