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talks & interviews

On the Edge of the American Dream

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DLA.12919_72-dpi

How have West Coast photographers subverted the mythology of California?

portfolio prize

2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize Shortlist

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Prize_Shortlist_featured

Presenting the five finalists for the 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize, an international photography competition.

aperture magazine

Around the World in Six Photographs

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225MAG297_Collectors-Guertin

Renowned travel writers and editors on the photographs that transport them

aperture magazine

Dispatches: Istanbul

Charlie Kirk, Okmeydani,
Istanbul, Berkin Elvan
protest, 2013 Courtesy the artist
Charlie Kirk, Okmeydani,
Istanbul, Berkin Elvan
protest, 2013 Courtesy the artist

In Istanbul’s photography scene, the anxious aftermath of a violent year.

talks & interviews

A Witness to Resistance

Kazuo Kitai, Old Lady Faces the Water Cannon, 1970, from the series Sanrizuka, 1969-72
© the artist
Kazuo Kitai, Old Lady Faces the Water Cannon, 1970, from the series Sanrizuka, 1969-72
© the artist

From student demonstrations to farmers in revolt, Kazuo Kitai captured the social tumult of 1960s Japan.

foundation news

Inside the 2017 Aperture Spring Party and Dinner

Photo by Will Matsuda/Aperture © Aperture
Photo by Will Matsuda/Aperture © Aperture

On March 31, Aperture’s Spring Party and Auction was awash with brightly colored ensembles, whimsical fedoras, turbans, and many a bow tie.

essays

The Surreal Landscapes of California City

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226MAG020_Kim-HR

From the air, photographer Chang Kim discovers a city that never was.

talks & interviews

Against Occupation

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Hitomi-Watanabe_071

Japanese curator Rei Masuda discusses how postwar Japanese photographers adapted to a new era.

reviews

The Joy of Photography

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17.-Ed-van-der-Elsken-Tokyo-Meisje-in-de-subway-1984-WEB

An exhibition in Amsterdam revisits Ed van der Elsken’s passionate vision of twentieth-century life.

reviews

How Soon Is Now?

Wolfgang Tillmans, Juan Pablo & Karl, Chingaza, 2012
© the artist
Wolfgang Tillmans, Juan Pablo & Karl, Chingaza, 2012
© the artist

A sprawling exhibition showcases Wolfgang Tillmans’s restless curiosity—about everything.

aperture magazine

Witness: LaToya Ruby Frazier in Conversation with Kellie Jones

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02_226MAG507_Frazier-WEB

In photographs from Selma to Flint, the unfinished work of the civil rights movement.

summer open

2017 Aperture Summer Open: A Conversation With Eric Gottesman from For Freedoms

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18-004 FINAL_mesfinandasrat-edited-dusted_v4 2

Aperture recently spoke with Eric Gottesman about photographic liberation.

talks & interviews

Behind the Barricades

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Hitomi-Watanabe_05

Student protests shook late-1960s Japan. Hitomi Watanabe bore witness from inside the movement.