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talks & interviews

Decolonizing Photography: A Conversation With Wendy Red Star

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


Matthew Brandt’s Poison Pictures

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


5 Highlights from the 2016 Addis Foto Fest

A preview of the international photography festival in Ethiopia.

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Don’t Touch Our Hair

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

What does photography offer the trans feminism movement?

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The Radical Power of the Black Feminine Gaze

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


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

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

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Elle Pérez

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

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On Feminism

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

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

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

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In California, Trees as Witness and Living Memorial

Elizabeth Huber reflects on Ken Gonzales-Day and the history of lynching in California.