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The Honesty of Petra Collins

The young photographer is celebrated for her raw and real depictions of femininity. But can images ever be trusted?


Take the J Train

In Andre D. Wagner’s new photobook, an intimate chronicle of black life on New York City’s subways.

The Other Side of Gordon Parks

A new exhibition reconsiders the legendary photographer’s fashion and portrait work.


Jamie Hawkesworth Doesn’t Believe in Boundaries

A rising photography star bridges the divide between art and fashion.


The PhotoBook as a Literary Form

Teju Cole’s first photobook unfolds the possibilities of text and image.

aperture beat

How Can Images Tell the Story of Mass Incarceration in the US?

Aperture Foundation Announces “Prison Nation” Issue, Exhibition, and Public Engagement Series

aperture magazine

Beauty in the Eye of the Storm

Inside the ACLU, two trans artists stage a secret photo shoot—and question the attitudes of liberal institutions.


The Offset Artist

From Dayanita Singh, a portable museum in book form.

talks & interviews

Walker Evans, Hero of the Vernacular Style

A landmark exhibition argues that the photographer’s approach to image making goes far beyond documentary.

aperture magazine

Gender Is a Playground

Zackary Drucker and Kate Bornstein discuss pioneers, politics, and the next frontier in gender expression.


The Cult of Walter Pfeiffer

Delighting in male beauty and gender play, a prolific Swiss photographer reinvented the rules of attraction.


Time and Again

A new exhibition spotlights Nicholas Nixon’s preoccupation with the elusive passage of time.