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American Solitude

Dave Heath’s photographs reveal the pure emotions of midcentury American life.

talks & interviews

Gordon Parks, a Brazilian Child, and an Exposé that Shocked the World

Should an American publication have tried to “rescue” a boy from poverty?

talks & interviews

Between Pictures and Concrete Objects

The artist discusses feminism, photograms, and what it means to “hover” in the world.

aperture beat

Aperture’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

From iconic monographs by master photographers, to groundbreaking, never-before-published work, we offer titles for everyone on your holiday list.

aperture magazine

Black Balloon Archive

Liz Johnson Artur’s intimate workbooks honor communities across the African diaspora.

talks & interviews

The Spirits of Fire Island

Matthew Leifheit conjures history and fantasy in the fabled gay enclave.

aperture magazine

On the Cover: Aperture’s “Family” Issue

In relationships and communities, an expanding vision of what families can be.


Fashion, Politics, and the Black Imagination

Theaster Gates revisits the legendary archives of the Johnson Publishing Company.


Carleton Watkins and the Image of Manifest Destiny

In his new book, Tyler Green considers a pioneering photographer of the American West.

photobook awards

Announcing the Winners of the 2018 PhotoBook Awards

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 PhotoBook Awards, celebrating the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.


Speak Loud and Embrace the Protest

In Los Angeles, an exhibition revisits the images and struggles of the Chicano Movement.


She Captured the Face of Modern Iran

Remembering the life Shirin Aliabadi, whose photography provided a sharp commentary on the lives of Iranian women.