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The Myth of Brazil’s Racial Democracy

In a new exhibition, Jonathas de Andrade confronts his country’s complicated past and present.

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Inside Aperture’s 2018 Spring Party

On April 6, guests were decked out in vibrant floral patterns inspired by blooms to celebrate Aperture’s forthcoming book, The Photographer in the Garden.


In Marrakech, African Photography on Its Own Terms

A new museum in Morocco becomes a destination for contemporary art.

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2018 Aperture Portfolio Prize Shortlist

Presenting the five finalists for the 2018 Aperture Portfolio Prize, an international photography competition.

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A Startling Discovery at San Quentin

Ear Hustle podcast creator Nigel Poor uncovers a trove of photographs at California’s most infamous prison.


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.


America on the Brink

Zoe Leonard’s retrospective investigates the politics of image making.


David Goldblatt and the Legacy of Apartheid

For more than fifty years, the South African photographer has documented the structures of a divided society.

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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.

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No Country for Young Men

In a society with strict definitions of manhood, how are photographers portraying Iranian masculinity?


What Makes a Family?

An exhibition explores how black photographers portray their communities and kin.

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Inside a Japanese Legend’s Latest Book

At the Japan Society, Aperture Members enjoyed a rare glimpse into Naoya Hatakeyama’s artistic process.