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A Lesson in Art History from Hiroshi Sugimoto

What do modern masterworks look like in black and white?

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In Sigmar Polke’s Experimental Images, the Negative is “Never Finished”

Sigmar Polke, Untitled, 1970–1980
Sigmar Polke, Untitled, 1970–1980

A striking exhibition in Paris revisits the treasures and dreams hidden beneath the German artist’s unorthodox photographs.

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From Teju Cole, an Exhibition as “Tone Poem”

Whitten Sabbatini, Couple Embracing, 2016
Whitten Sabbatini, Couple Embracing, 2016

Drawing from a Chicago photography collection, the writer continues his interest in presenting the beauty of black skin.

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In “African Spirits,” A New Visual Vernacular

SAMUEL FOSSO
SAMUEL FOSSO

An exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery captures the dizzying array of post-independence African photography.

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Art School Confidential

Matthew Finn’s photographs of London art students summon the innocent days of the 1990s.

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From an Italian Photographer, the Bygone Days of Bohemian New York

Ugo Mulas captured the swinging 1960s art world defined by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg.

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Desire and Loss, from Stonewall to the AIDS Crisis

Pacifico Silano
Pacifico Silano

Working with vintage gay erotica, Pacifico Silano is committed to understanding how trauma and queer identity commingle.

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A Trailblazing Fashion Photographer’s Turn to Collage

Deborah Turbeville, Untitled, 1978; black and white portrait
Deborah Turbeville, Untitled, 1978; black and white portrait

In the 1970s, Deborah Turbeville eschewed highly-sexualized photographs in favor of haunting portraits.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Camp

James Bidgood Museum of Sex Exhibition
James Bidgood Museum of Sex Exhibition

James Bidgood’s queer and candy-colored photographs were camp before camp was stylish.

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