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Visions of Unity: Six Visual Protests

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From coalitions to exhibitions, here’s how artists and institutions are making their voices heard.

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Recap of Aperture’s Patron Weekend in San Francisco

Richard Learoyd's work in the group exhibition "Collected" at Pier 24. Photo by Melissa O'Shaughnessy.
Richard Learoyd's work in the group exhibition "Collected" at Pier 24. Photo by Melissa O'Shaughnessy.

An homage to the city that launched the first issue of Aperture magazine in 1952.

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America’s Destiny in Pictures

USA. Brownsville. Texas. 2016.  Max Pons, a biologist and manager of the Nature Conservancy in Brownsville, home to one of two Sabel Palm groves in the United States.  The land is bisected by a border fence, which has small holes cut in it, ostensibly to continue to allow normal migratory patterns of animals who traditionally crossed the land now blocked by the fence.
USA. Brownsville. Texas. 2016.  Max Pons, a biologist and manager of the Nature Conservancy in Brownsville, home to one of two Sabel Palm groves in the United States.  The land is bisected by a border fence, which has small holes cut in it, ostensibly to continue to allow normal migratory patterns of animals who traditionally crossed the land now blocked by the fence.

What is the role of the photographer in our new political order? Seven visionaries respond.

essays

Along the Route of Fidel’s Funeral

Noah Friedman-Rudovsky, The faces of a diverse nation lined up to watch Fidel's remains pass by, Cuba, 2016.Courtesy the artist
Noah Friedman-Rudovsky, The faces of a diverse nation lined up to watch Fidel's remains pass by, Cuba, 2016.Courtesy the artist

When Fidel Castro died in November, photographer Noah Friedman-Rudovsky followed the final journey of Cuba’s comandante.

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Sex Wars Revisited

Del LaGrace Volcano, On the Way There, London, 1988  © the artist
Del LaGrace Volcano, On the Way There, London, 1988  © the artist

An early platform for lesbian photography, On Our Backs was instrumental in shaping a culture of desire.

remembrance

The Subversive Fantasies of Ren Hang (1987–2017)

Ren Hang, Untitled, 2013-14  Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nicolas Hugo, Paris
Ren Hang, Untitled, 2013-14  Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nicolas Hugo, Paris

Aperture remembers the surprising, defiant work of the Chinese photographer, whose playful vision cleverly pushed the limits of self expression.

talks & interviews

Defying Stereotypes, One Post at a Time

Devin N. Morris, Untitled (Red), 2016
Courtesy of the artist
Devin N. Morris, Untitled (Red), 2016
Courtesy of the artist

The four artists in Torrent Tea are redefining narratives of Black and Queer bodies on the Internet.

reviews

Valérie Belin’s Uncanny Visions

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Belin_Super-Girl-2016

The French artist’s most recent work explores the dark side of pop culture and beauty.

talks & interviews

Learning to See: Photography at Black Mountain College

Harry Callahan, Asheville, North Carolina, 1951, 1951  © the Estate of Harry Callahan and courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
Harry Callahan, Asheville, North Carolina, 1951, 1951  © the Estate of Harry Callahan and courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

How a small, liberal-arts college became a birthplace of modern photography.

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Robert Cumming Invents the Photograph

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Constructing sets that look functional but are intentionally useless, an artist parodies the seamless illusion of images.

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Erotic Voyeurs of Japanese Photography

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Three celebrated photographers push the limits of sexuality and surveillance.

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Redefining the Image of Black Masculinity

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In photographs, our readers reimagine society’s portrayal of black men and boys.