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Wanting to be Held

What can Robert Bergman teach us about the act of seeing?


Roe Ethridge on Getting It Exactly Wrong

In dizzying sequences, the irreverent photographer embraces risk and failure.


Can a Photography Festival Thrive in Today’s China?

In the city of Lianzhou, visions of global power collide with official censorship.


The Woman Who Made the World’s First Photobook

Why Anna Atkins deserves her place in the pantheon of great photographers.


What Does It Mean to Navigate Queer Life in Hong Kong?

Meet the winner of the 2018 Aperture Portfolio Prize.


From August Sander, Stirring Portraits of Nazis and Jews

An extraordinary photobook reveals the lives of persecuted Germans during World War II.


Aperture Remembers the Life of Hector Xtravaganza (1965–2018)

The grandfather of the legendary House of Xtravaganza was known as an artist, activist, and family man.

talks & interviews

The Time is Always Now

A recent exhibition considers the legacy of James Baldwin and the civil rights era in photographs.

aperture magazine

We Are Family

For the members of the legendary House of Xtravaganza, family is about love, identity, and protection.


Aperture’s Best Photography Features of 2018

From the photographs that inspired Sofia Coppola’s films to Zanele Muholi’s visual activism, here are this year’s highlights in photography and ideas.


What Does Photo Editing Look Like?

In the digital age, locking down a sequence of images in print can seem like an act of resistance.

aperture magazine

Strong Women

Hannah Starkey’s cinematic, psychologically astute portraits define the contemporary flaneuse.