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From August Sander, Stirring Portraits of Nazis and Jews

An extraordinary photobook reveals the lives of persecuted Germans during World War II.


Aperture Remembers the Life of Hector Xtravaganza (1965–2018)

The grandfather of the legendary House of Xtravaganza was known as an artist, activist, and family man.

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The Time is Always Now

A recent exhibition considers the legacy of James Baldwin and the civil rights era in photographs.

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We Are Family

For the members of the legendary House of Xtravaganza, family is about love, identity, and protection.


Aperture’s Best Photography Features of 2018

From the photographs that inspired Sofia Coppola’s films to Zanele Muholi’s visual activism, here are this year’s highlights in photography and ideas.


What Does Photo Editing Look Like?

In the digital age, locking down a sequence of images in print can seem like an act of resistance.

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Strong Women

Hannah Starkey’s cinematic, psychologically astute portraits define the contemporary flaneuse.


American Solitude

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

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

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

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Between Pictures and Concrete Objects

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

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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.

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Black Balloon Archive

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