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Aperture’s Best Photography Features of 2018

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

Zanele Muholi on Resistence
In an interview, the visual activist speaks about courage, rethinking history, and the politics of exclusion.

Back in the Days
Guadalupe Rosales and her archive of Chicano life in Los Angeles.

Sofia Coppola on Pictures
The acclaimed director reveals the photographs that inspired her films.

The Spirits of Fire Island
Matthew Leifheit conjures history and fantasy in the fabled gay enclave.

Alec Soth Revisits His Legendary First Book
How the American photographer fell in love with photography.

The Woman Behind the First Photography Gallery
Helen Gee risked everything to open Limelight in 1954, selling prints by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, and Robert Frank.

Black Balloon Archive
Liz Johnson Artur’s intimate workbooks honor communities across the African diaspora.

Along the Shores of the Caspian
From Russia to Turkmenistan, Chloe Dewe Mathews photographed the rituals and resources of a much-coveted territory.

Bruce Jackson: On the Inside
When a folklorist set out to document life in American prisons, he found the enduring segregation of the Old South.

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.

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