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Aperture Conversations

Justine Kurland on Girl Pictures

Tuesday, May 5

7:15 pm

Presented in partnership with Selina

Join Aperture’s senior editor, Denise Wolff, for a conversation on Zoom with photographer Justine Kurland and writer Rebecca Bengal as they discuss and read from Kurland’s upcoming book, Girl Pictures. Between 1997 and 2002, Kurland staged photographs of teenage girls in the great outdoors as they hunted, explored, and braided each other’s hair, seeming to pay no mind to the camera. These images resist male-dominated depictions of the American wilderness, showing both moments of tenderness and ferocity. Aperture is pleased to publish this work in its entirety, including newly discovered, unpublished images.

The event will include readings by Kurland and Bengal, followed by a discussion on the inspiration behind the work, film, poetry, and enduring representations of girlhood.

This is a free, online event. Please follow the link at the button below to register and receive a reminder to participate.


Justine Kurland (born in Warsaw, New York, 1969) received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Yale University. Her work is in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, and International Center of Photography, New York, among other institutions. Her monograph Highway Kind was published by Aperture in 2016.

Rebecca Bengal writes short stories, essays, and long-form narrative, frequently about photography. Her work has been published by the New Yorker, Bookforum, Paris Review, Vogue, and the New York Times, among others. She is the Spring 2020 Mina Hohenberg Darden Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Justine Kurland on Girl Pictures