Aperture 223

Summer 2016

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12 x 9 1/4 inches 152 pages 978-1-59711-365-6 (Avedon), 978-1-59711-410-3 (Erizku)

Aperture: The Magazine of Photography and Ideas

This issue features two covers:
Richard Avedon, Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, with his father, Martin Luther King, Baptist minister, and his son, Martin Luther King III, Atlanta, Georgia, March 22, 1963 and Awol Erizku, Untitled (Forces of Nature #1), 2014
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“Vision & Justice”
Addresses the role of photography in the African American experience, guest edited by Sarah Lewis, distinguished author and art historian.

Guest Editor’s Note
Sarah Lewis

Collectors: The Jazz Musicians
Contributions by Wynton Marsalis, Ingrid Monson, Alicia Hall Moran, Jason Moran, and Somi

By Hank Willis Thomas

Bridget R. Cooks on Harlem on My Mind (1968)

Object Lessons
Thelma Golden on James VanDerZee, Christmas Morning, 1933 

Frederick Douglass’s Camera Obscura
By Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Black Photographers Annual
By Carla Williams

Black Lives, Silver Screen
Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young in Conversation

Love Visual: A Conversation with Haile Gerima
By Sarah Lewis and Dagmawi Woubshet

Picturing Obama
By Maurice Berger

Carrie Mae Weems: Around the Kitchen Table
Reflections by Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Blessing, Katori Hall, Robin Kelsey, and Salamishah Tillet

Awol Erizku
Introduction by Steven Nelson

Toyin Ojih Odutola
Introduction by Claudia Rankine

Lorna Simpson
Introduction by Margo Jefferson

Annie Leibovitz
Introduction by Nell Painter

Deborah Willis
Introduction by Cheryl Finley

Sally Mann
Introduction by John Stauffer

Jamel Shabazz
Introduction by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Devin Allen
Introduction by Aaron Bryant

Leslie Hewitt
Introduction by Rujeko Hockley

Lyle Ashton Harris
Introduction by Vince Aletti

Radcliffe Roye
Introduction by Garnette Cadogan

LaToya Ruby Frazier
Introduction by Teju Cole

Dawoud Bey
Introduction by Leigh Raiford

Deana Lawson
Introduction by Thomas J. Lax

Ming Smith and the Kamoinge Workshop

LeRonn P. Brooks

She Walked in Beauty
Susan Fales-Hill

Jamel Shabazz in Conversation with Michaela Angela Davis

dream hampton in Conversation with Geena Rocero

Nicole R. Fleetwood on Prison Portraits

Renée Mussai and Victor Peterson II on Black Chronicles and Rock Against Racism

Deana Lawson in Conversation with Nikki A. Greene

Vision, Justice, and Cinema: A Roundtable with Franklin Leonard, Catherine Gund, and Shola Lynch

Sheila Pree-Bright in Conversation with Naima J. Keith

Emily Raboteau on Murals and Social Justice

Brian Wallis on James Baldwin and Richard Avedon’s Nothing Personal

Mark Bradford's Pride of Place
Introduction by Antwaun Sargent


Racial Innocence in Postwar America
by Maia Silber

Envisioning the Right to Vote
by Jonathan Karp

Keith Lamont Scott and the Legacy of Police Violence
by David E. White Jr.

“Just turning the pages conjured a kind of poetry.” —Wall Street Journal

“It doesn’t seem right to call this issue a magazine. It is a powerhouse book; it does so much heavy lifting.” —Hyperallergic

 “Accessible, conversational and bold.“ —New York Times

“The issue brings together the work of a broad range of photographers who, in different times and places, have chronicled the resilience, beauty, and values of black people . . . the breadth of the works restores a plurality of topics necessary for full representation of the black experience.” —Time

“The stunning Aperture magazine edition celebrates a variety of current photographers who are reframing blackness and radically restructuring the contemporary perception of it.” —Huffington Post

“Lewis . . . assembled a magnificent lineup of creatives and writers to reflect on ‘what aesthetic force can do’ as seen in the equally spectacular range of images by photographers and artists.” —LA Times

“An insightful volume that reveals the weight and urgency of images that Ms. Lewis described as offering ‘correctives to the sometimes denigrating narratives of African-American life.’” —New York Times Lens blog