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from the editors

How Can Native Artists Challenge the Story of North America Today?

Announcing Aperture magazine’s fall 2020 issue and programing around Native artists.

talks & interviews

People of the Earth

What can artists, archivists, and communities learn from historic collections of Native photography?


What a Portrait of an Iranian Surfer Reveals about Western Fantasies of the Middle East

The Italian photographer Giulia Frigieri wanted to profile a young Iranian surfer. But there was more to the story than her images revealed.

talks & interviews

How Digital Platforms Celebrate Black Photographers and the African Diaspora

Campbell Addy and Jamal Nxedlana speak about building international audiences for Black art, culture, and fashion.


An Introduction to a New Book about the Zealy Daguerreotypes

Originally made in 1850, the daguerreotypes of Jem, Alfred, Delia, Renty, Fassena, Drana, and Jack ask that we look closely, listen intently, and speak out.


To Make Their Own Way in the World: A Note from the Peabody Museum’s Director

How a new interdisciplinary book about the Zealy daguerreotypes can expand critical thinking about photography, museums, and the legacy of slavery.

talks & interviews

Samuel Fosso and the Invention of the Artist as a Young Photographer

In an interview for his new monograph, Fosso spoke with the late curator Okwui Enwezor about his teenage self-portraits and how all his work concerns the question of power.

talks & interviews

How Yurie Nagashima’s Self-Portraits Interrogate the Male Gaze

In her latest photobook, the Japanese photographer discusses self-portraiture as a radical feminist gesture.


Introducing: Muge

Since 2004, the Chinese photographer has captured the displacement of over a million people caused by the Three Gorges Dam.

from the editors

11 Photographers Reflect on Images of Solidarity

Bruce Davidson, Miranda Barnes, Sohrab Hura and more on how photographs can represent solidarity—from demonstrations of unity in the face of adversity and oppression, to moments of community and connection.


Why Janet Malcolm’s Photography Criticism Still Resonates

Forty years after the publication of her collected essays on photography, Malcolm’s writing offers the pleasure of seeing a great mind grapple with the medium.


Rebels Without a Cause

A new photobook revisits the Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger’s images of rock-and-roll boys and edgy nudes in full glory.