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The Magazine of Photography and Ideas


Editors’ Note

What Matters Now?
Contributions by Matthew Coolidge, Ben Moskowitz, Mary Panzer, Paul Wombell

Tod Papageorge on essential readings

Diana C. Stoll on the critical writings of Sadakichi Hartmann

Studio Visit
Alex Klein with Barbara Kasten in Chicago


Photography, Expanded
Susan Meiselas in conversation with Chris Boot

Toward a New Documentary Expression
by Stephen Mayes

Curating Participation
by Ethan Zuckerman

Of Them, and Us
by Fred Ritchin

Watching the World
by Lev Manovich

Photography and its Citizens
Ariella Azoulay in conversation with Nato Thompson

W hat Is a Document?
An exchange between Thomas Keenan and Hito Steyerl

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Back Issues

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Most prisons and jails across the United States do not allow prisoners to have access to cameras. At a moment when 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the US, 3.8 million people are on probation, and 870,000 former prisoners are on parole, how can images tell the story of mass incarceration when the imprisoned don’t have control over their own representation? Organized with the scholar Nicole R. Fleetwood, this issue of Aperture magazine addresses the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of a national crisis.
Aperture 229

Aperture 229

The Winter edition of Aperture magazine is a landmark issue dedicated to the representation of transgender lives, communities, and histories in photography. Guest edited by Zackary Drucker, the artist, activist, and producer of the acclaimed television series Transparent, “Future Gender” considers how trans and gender-nonconforming individuals have used photography to imagine new expressions of social and personal identity, from the nineteenth century to today.
Aperture 228

Aperture 228