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A Photographer’s Intimate Portraits of East Village Art Stars

In the early 1980s, Tim Greathouse photographed David Wojnarowicz, Greer Lankton, and Jimmy DeSana—and captured New York’s downtown scene before the destruction of AIDS.


A Lesson in Art History from Hiroshi Sugimoto

What do modern masterworks look like in black and white?


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

Sigmar Polke, Untitled, 1970–1980

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


From Teju Cole, an Exhibition as “Tone Poem”

Whitten Sabbatini, Couple Embracing, 2016

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


In “African Spirits,” A New Visual Vernacular


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


Art School Confidential

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


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.


Desire and Loss, from Stonewall to the AIDS Crisis

Pacifico Silano

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


A Trailblazing Fashion Photographer’s Turn to Collage

Deborah Turbeville, Untitled, 1978; black and white portrait

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