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talks & interviews

In Pop Culture and Propaganda, an Alternate History of the Cold War Era

Aikaterini Gegisian’s new artist book—made from appropriated images—centers physical pleasure as a form of resistance to capitalism.

from the archive

Remembering Paul Fusco’s Legendary RFK Funeral Train

Fusco’s photographs remain an incomparable document of gestures of public grief, capturing a moment of cultural shift unlike almost any other.

featured

Joel Meyerowitz Tells the Story Behind Three Photographs from His Archive

Aperture and Joel Meyerowitz launch a special ten-day print sale, featuring three 5-by-7-inch prints signed by the artist.

essays

In London, an Exhibition Provokes Questions about Masculinity

For some men, masculinity is a habit or an addiction—a promise of power. But in the #MeToo era, can “liberation” be found through photography?

featured

Justine Kurland Reflects on Her Photographs of Teenage Girl Runaways

Between 1997 and 2002, the photographer portrayed teenage girls as rebels, offering a radical vision of community against the masculine myth of the American landscape.

essays

Nan Goldin’s Profound Influence on Film and Television

With its vivid color, indelible characters, and documentation of a pre-gentrified New York City, Goldin’s photography is a readymade mood board.

reviews

In “Pleasant Street,” Thirty Years of a Family’s Life

Judith Black’s new photobook traces her home life in New England from 1968 to 2000—and builds upon an American documentary tradition.

featured

A Visual Record of Queer Experience in China

Lin Zhipeng, the photographer known as 223, looks for beauty, connection, and the impulse of friendship.

featured

What the Photo Critic Vince Aletti Found at Home during Quarantine

What does an insatiable collector do when all of New York’s bookstores and markets are closed?

essays

Months After Being Closed, Three Museums Reconsider Their Photography Exhibitions

In the wake of the pandemic and worldwide protests, exhibitions that address climate change, civil rights, and Black photographers take on new resonance.

featured

A Young Photographer’s Public Diary of Private Details

In scenes of striking intimacy, Abdul Kircher searches for the brutal and the tender.

essays

The Fashion Image after Nan Goldin

If fashion photography is defined by artifice, why does the industry crave rawness and reality?