Aperture 247 - Summer 2022


Guest edited by Alec Soth, “Sleepwalking” explores photography’s relationship to dreams, wakefulness, and chance.

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Guest edited by the acclaimed photographer Alec Soth, Aperture’s summer issue explores the dimensions and possibilities of dreams, journeys, and chance in photography.

“Sleepwalking” covers a surprising array of images and stories from the Soviet-era Czech artist Emila Medová to Sophie Calle’s discovery of an abandoned Parisian hotel to Soth’s own photographs from his travels in the United States. In this issue, Jesse Dorris interviews Duane Michals about luck and fate, Marina Warner explores the enduring resonance of the figure of the sleepwalker, and artists including Etienne Courtois, Maja Daniels, and Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. present surreal and imaginative new series. The Summer 2022 issue also introduces The PhotoBook Review, a new section for lively engagement with photobooks, featuring reviews of recent titles by Nona Faustine, Samuel Fosso, Óscar Monzón, and others.
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 148
Publication date: 2022-06-07
Measurements: 9.25 x 12 x 0.6 inches
ISBN: 9781597115254

Support has been provided by members of Aperture’s Magazine Council: The Kanakia Foundation, Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović, Susan and Thomas Dunn, and Michael W. Sonnenfelt, MUUS Collection. Additional support is provided in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Aperture Foundation’s programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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Table Of Contents


Charlotte March, Pao Houa Her, Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Our Selves

Day Jobs
Glen Helfand on Janet Delaney’s fascination with everyday workers

Phoebe Chen on the monumental films of Wang Bing

Studio Visit
Juliana Halpert on Anthony Hernandez and the streetscapes of Los Angeles

Vasantha Yogananthan on Etel Adnan, Jim Goldberg, and the French rapper Laylow


Editors’ Note: Sleepwalking 

Song of the Open Road  
Guest editor Alec Soth on photography’s lyrical potential  
A Conversation with Siri Hustvedt

Sideways Logic  
Emila Medková’s wry Surrealism  
Olivia Laing

The Narrative Artist  
Sophie Calle’s art of games and chance  
Aaron Peck

Apparitional Automaton  
The figure of the sleepwalker in art  
Marina Warner

Angel, Fiend, Surrealist  
Lee Miller’s many lives  
Lauren Elkin

The Human Condition  
Duane Michals on luck and fate  
A Conversation with Jesse Dorris


Pictures for Dreaming  
From Alice Neel to Masahisa Fukase, the artists who have inspired Alec Soth 

The Family  
In Gregor Schneider’s London-based project, two eerily similar houses  
Gesine Borcherdt

Things Out of Place  
Etienne Courtois hunts for images that already exist  
Sara Knelman

On the Silence of Myth
In the Swedish countryside, Maja Daniels collapses time  
Kristian Vistrup Madsen

Her Own Private Iowa  
Nancy Rexroth’s 1970s experiments with a Diana camera  
Rebecca Bengal

Where Cherries Blossom  
From Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., visions of Black subjectivity  
Harry Tafoya


The PhotoBook Review
A conversation between Hiroko Komatsu and Osamu Kanemura—and a selection of recent photobooks

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on Felipe Romero Beltrán’s series about young immigrant men in Spain

Six questions for Jim Jarmusch

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