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Aperture Conversations

Elinor Carucci, Paul Graham, and Gus Powell in conversation with Sasha Wolf

Tuesday, October 15

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY

$5 Donation

This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.


Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the photography program at The New School’s Parsons School of Design, is pleased to present a conversation between photographers Elinor Carucci, Paul Graham, and Gus Powell, moderated by curator and lecturer Sasha Wolf.

Join us for a night discussing Wolf’s forthcoming book, PhotoWork, a collection of interviews by forty photographers—including Carucci, Graham, and Powell—about their approach to making photographs and, more importantly, a sustained body of work. Wolf was inspired to seek out and assemble responses to specific questions after hearing from countless young photographers that they often feel adrift in their own practice, wondering if they are doing it the “right” way. The responses, from both established and emerging photographers, reveal that there is no single path. The evening will delve into Carucci, Graham, and Powell’s answers from the book and the ways in which they each approach their photographic practice.


After a decade of running Sasha Wolf Gallery, Sasha Wolf now represents emerging and midcareer fine-art photographers in a private practice,.Prior to her work in the photography world, Wolf was a writer, director, and producer in the film and television industries. An award-winning filmmaker, her film Joe (1997) was nominated for the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

Elinor Carucci graduated from Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography in 1995 and moved to New York the same year. Since then, she has been awarded an International Center of Photography Infinity Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. Carucci has published four monographs to date: Closer (2002), Diary of a Dancer (2005), Mother (2013), and Midlife (2019). She teaches in the graduate photography program at the School of Visual Arts.

British photographer Paul Graham lives and works in New York. Over the past three decades, he has produced thirteen distinct bodies of work and published dedicated monographs for nearly every series, including the twelve-volume a shimmer of possibility (2007), which received the 2011 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award for the best photobook published in the previous fifteen years. Graham is the recipient of numerous honors and grants, including the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and the Hasselblad Award. He has a degree and an honorary doctorate, but is self-taught in photography.

Gus Powell attended Oberlin College, where he studied comparative religion. His books include The Company of Strangers (2003), The Lonely Ones (2015), and FAMILY CAR TROUBLE (2019). He is a member of the street photographers’ collective In-Public and is on the faculty of the MFA photography, video, and related media department at the School of Visual Arts.

cover of the book Photo Work by Sasha Wolf

Click here to learn more about Photo Work: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice 

Aperture Foundation’s public programs are supported, in part, by generous donations from our Board of Trustees, our members and other individuals, and from corporate foundations and private foundations including: Grace Jones Richardson Trust, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Image: Paul Graham, Woman Smoking Cigarette, Belfast, 1988, from New Europe; © Paul Graham

Elinor Carucci, Paul Graham, and Gus Powell in conversation with Sasha Wolf