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Aperture’s Best Photography Features of 2019

This year we explored spirituality with Wolfgang Tillmans, revisited Virginia Woolf’s Orlando with Tilda Swinton, considered how Mexican photographers are expanding photography, and started Introducing, a series on exciting new voices in the field. Here are some of the year’s highlights in photography and ideas.

How Can Photography Represent Humanity’s Longing for Spiritual Connection?

Wolfgang Tillmans and philosopher Martin Hägglund grapple with ideas of faith and freedom.

 

What is a Feminist Photobook?

 

Carmen Winant on feminism, photobooks, and the radical gestures of world-building.

 

Tilda Swinton on Virginia Woolf and the Spirit of Limitlessness

 

Inspired by Woolf’s iconic novel, the artists in Aperture‘s “Orlando” issue explore the territories of identity, history, and consciousness.

 

When Women Photographers Went to War

 

From Gerda Taro to Susan Meiselas, a new book examines the ways eight women have expanded the field of war photography.

 

In the Pacific Northwest, Shifting Landscapes and Mythologies

 

Against the backdrop of the US presidential election, Garrett Grove documents the region’s growing cultural tensions.

 

12 Photographers on How They Conceptualize Their Work

 

What comes first–the idea for a project, or the images themselves?

 

Santu Mofokeng’s Pensive Visions of Land and Ritual

 

In a new series of photobooks, the revered photographer conjures the mysteries of faith in South Africa.

 

The Young Artists Who Transformed Mexico City in the 1990s

 

How Mexico’s capital became a backdrop for experiments in photography, film, and performance.

 

A Japanese Photographer’s Encounters with Natural Disasters

 

Eight years after a devastating tsunami, Lieko Shiga investigates Japan’s haunted landscapes.

 

Graciela Iturbide’s Dreams and Visions

 

The life and work of Latin America’s most revered photographer.

 

Mark McKnight’s Exuberant Tribute to Queer Tenderness

 

In the male body and the physical world, an unexpected seduction.

 

In Versailles, Visionary Sculptures and Royal Intrigue

 

Viviane Sassen’s new photomontages consider the limitless potential of the human condition.

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