Aperture Magazine
#239, Summer 2020

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The Magazine of Photography and Ideas

Few works have impacted the world of photography like Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. This summer, Aperture returns to this iconic work with “Ballads,” tracing the dynamic resonances of Goldin’s images and activism across photography, film, and contemporary culture.

“Ballads” is on newsstands June 10.

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Table of Contents


Marion Palfi, Trevor Paglen, Photo | Brut, Working Together

Brian Wallis on Leonard Freed and the New York police

Day Jobs
Nicole Acheampong on Ming Smith as a beauty model

Eva Díaz on women’s hands and the labor of editing


Editors’ Note: Ballads

The Ballad of Nan Goldin
A Conversation with Darryl Pinckney

The Original Ballad
Marvin Heiferman in Conversation with Elle Pérez

Speeding Along the Edge
by Evan Moffitt

The Evocative Years
by Alistair O’Neill

A Fold in Time
by Olivia Laing

Out of Sheer Rage
by Lauren O’Neill-Butler

A World Without Men
by Moeko Fujii

Film Studies
by Rebecca Bengal

Surface Tension
by Lou Stoppard



Feast for My Eyes
A pantheon of influences by Nan Goldin

Pablo Bartholomew
Introduction by Skye Arundhati Thomas

Sunny Suits
Introduction by Jesse Dorris

Daragh Soden
Introduction by Colin Barrett

Liz Johnson Artur
Introduction by Kareem Reid

Abdul Kircher
Introduction by Lovia Gyarkye

Clifford Prince King
Introduction by Marjon Carlos

Introduction by Xuan Juliana Wang


Object Lessons
David Wojnarowicz’s One Day This Kid, 1990


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