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For Durimel, Black Humanity is Not a Fashion Trend

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The young photography duo Jalan and Jibril Durimel are transforming the fashion world’s visions of beauty.

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Art and Activism in a Contested Democracy

Russell Lee, Los Angeles, California. Japanese-American evacuation from West Coast areas under U.S. Army war emergency order. Japanese-American child who will go with his parents to Owens Valley, 1942
Courtesy the Library of Congress
Russell Lee, Los Angeles, California. Japanese-American evacuation from West Coast areas under U.S. Army war emergency order. Japanese-American child who will go with his parents to Owens Valley, 1942
Courtesy the Library of Congress

Five reflections on the relationship between photography, citizenship, and the law.

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Is Fashion Modern?

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MoMA’s first fashion exhibition in seventy years is all about icons, accessories, and objects of desire.

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In Rwanda and Europe, Images of Creativity and Survival

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An intimate conversation with filmmaker Amelia Umuhire.

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The Unsung Hero of South African Photography

Andrew Tshabangu, Portrait of a Young Thwasa, from the series Bridges, 2008
Courtesy the artist and Gallery MOMO
Andrew Tshabangu, Portrait of a Young Thwasa, from the series Bridges, 2008
Courtesy the artist and Gallery MOMO

In searing and poetic images, Andrew Tshabangu chronicles Johannesburg in the age of democracy.

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Can African Critics Rewrite the Story of African Photography?

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Two writers speak about the influential role—and responsibility—of art criticism in Africa today.

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A Readymade World in the Heart of the Country

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In a studio outside of Cape Town, photographer Nico Krijno refashions sculpture and performance.

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In Cameroon, A New Platform for Emerging Photographers

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AMET (Elsa M’bala) speaks with Christine Eyene and Landry Mbassi about YaPhoto.

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Raw Land

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How are artists rethinking documentary in North Africa?