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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.


The Lyrical South of Shane Lavalette

Echoing the languid melodies of the South, Shane Lavalette finds fragments of oral tradition in the visual world.


A Chance Encounter with Mark Morrisroe

After years in a Boston attic, Mark Morrisroe’s dreamy, unpolished early work is on display in a rare exhibition in New York.


Announcing the Winners of the 2016 PhotoBook Awards

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 edition of the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.

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Racial Innocence in Postwar America

Maia Silber reflects on photographer Gordon Parks, the infamous “doll tests” of the 1940s, and segregation.

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The Cotton Bowl and the Super Bowl

Merging football with twentieth-century sharecropping, Hank Willis Thomas traces the commodification of black bodies.

foundation news

Inside Aperture’s October Paul Strand Circle Cocktail Party

Aperture supporters gather to celebrate Bruce Davidson.

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Envisioning the Right to Vote

How do Bruce Davidson’s photographs of the Selma march in 1965 find their echo in the modern debate over voter ID laws?


The Pleasure of the Text

Merging images and words, conceptual artists in the 1970s advanced a new visual language.

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Tania Franco Klein’s Homage to William Eggleston

Introducing Tania Franco Klein, the winner of Aperture’s Instagram contest honoring William Eggleston.

talks & interviews

From the Corridors of Power, A Portrait of Reagan-era Politics

Judith Joy Ross reflects on her portraits from opposing ends of the political spectrum.

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On Empathy: 10 Powerful Images from Magnum Photographers

Magnum’s Square Sale features work that explores our collective humanity.