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Keith Lamont Scott and the Legacy of Police Violence

Sean Rayford, Protests Break Out In Charlotte After Police Shooting, 2016 © the artist/Getty Images
Sean Rayford, Protests Break Out In Charlotte After Police Shooting, 2016 © the artist/Getty Images

A photograph of a bloody hand on a police shield underscores the ongoing struggle for African American citizenship.

talks & interviews

Decolonizing Photography: A Conversation With Wendy Red Star

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Challenging mainstream representations of Native Americans, Wendy Red Star photographs her Crow culture, on her own terms.

reviews

Matthew Brandt’s Poison Pictures

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Stepping-Stone-Falls-9-C2M1Y2-2016-20-x-14-inches-MBr.16981_WEB

In his new body of work, the experimental photographer uses Flint’s contaminated tap water to create daring abstractions with a political edge.

featured

5 Highlights from the 2016 Addis Foto Fest

Messay Shoakena, NYC Streets 01–Street Encounters on 8th Avenue–New York City, from the series Light & Shadow, 2016 Courtesy the artist
Messay Shoakena, NYC Streets 01–Street Encounters on 8th Avenue–New York City, from the series Light & Shadow, 2016 Courtesy the artist

A preview of the international photography festival in Ethiopia.

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Don’t Touch Our Hair

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Solange_Cover_NEW

In protest of policing black women and girls’ hair, Solange’s album cover image is a powerful assertion of ownership.

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Beyond Binary

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225MAG055_Bryan-Wilson-Bowers-HR

What does photography offer the trans feminism movement?

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The Radical Power of the Black Feminine Gaze

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Weems_Featured Image

Carrie Mae Weems’s feminist vision has never been more timely.

remembrance

William Christenberry, Poet of the Ordinary (1936–2016)

William Christenberry, Processing, Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, 1966
William Christenberry, Processing, Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, 1966

Aperture remembers the life of the Southern photographer, whose work evokes the power of passing time.

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Elle Pérez

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225MAG312_Perez-HR1

On the dance floor, Elle Pérez captures LGBT youth who refuse to be forgotten.

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On Feminism

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225MAG552_Al-Qasimi-HR_WEB

How feminism has shaped photography? An introduction to the winter 2016 issue of Aperture

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A Portrait of the Artist as Claude Cahun

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225_Wearing-Cover

Ahead of her new exhibition in London, Gillian Wearing speaks about Claude Cahun, self-portraiture, and feminist icons.

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Separate Cars on the Open Road

Robert Frank, Indianapolis, 1956  © the artist, from The Americans, 1958
Robert Frank, Indianapolis, 1956  © the artist, from The Americans, 1958

Amid the fight for desegregation, a revelatory portrait by Robert Frank conveys the freedom of travel.