Aperture Fall 2019

Founded in 1952, Aperture is an essential guide to the world of contemporary photography that combines the finest writing with inspiring photographic portfolios. Each issue examines one theme explored in “Words,” focused on the best writing surrounding contemporary photography, and “Pictures,” featuring immersive portfolios and artist projects.

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Aperture Foundation
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agenda exhibitions to see

Alinka Echeverría During a 2015 research residency at the Musee Nicephore Niepce—a French museum devoted to Joseph-Nicephore Niepce, who is often credited as the inventor of photography—Mexican British artist Alinka Echeverria employed an intersectional feminist lens to recontextualize the museum’s colonial archives. With a background in social anthropology, she studies historical representations of women in photography, using collage to liberate and reframe these images. Echeverria’s upcoming show at the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Simulacres, revisits her work on Niepce to pose critical conversations between archival images of women and vases from the museum’s collection. “Alinka’s work not only addresses questions of the feminine but also the question of the ‘other’ as objects of colonial study,” says Maria Wills Londono, curator of the exhibition. “She works in collages—tearing images, taking objects,…

3 Min.
mexico city

“Mexico City, as we all know, is a small town of fourteen million,” Roberto Bolano wrote in The Savage Detectives, set in the 1970s and one of the great novels about the sprawling capital. As in Bolano’s day, the city continues to host a thriving and cosmopolitan cultural scene. And photographers remind us that the city’s history reaches back much earlier than its founding in 1325. Pablo Lopez Luz considers the geography here in geological time by tracing the uses of rock that remains from the eruption of volcanoes around two millennia ago. The flow of stone “provides a means for meditation on the ancient origins of Mexico City and its amazing persistence,” writer Alvaro Enrigue observes. “An almost-seven-hundred-year-old town that has gone through innumerable invasions, earthquakes, bombings, and floods,…

22 Min.
graciela iturbide dreams & visions

For more than fifty years, Graciela Iturbide, recognized today as the greatest living photographer in Latin America, has envisioned the diversity of life in her native Mexico. Her lyrical, black-and-white images of street scenes in Mexico City, of Seri women in the Sonoran Desert, of political rallies in Juchitán, and of details inside Frida Kahlo’s bathroom are revered throughout the world. At the age of twenty-seven, aspiring to be a filmmaker, she enrolled in a university class with the maestro of modern Mexican photography, Manuel Álvarez Bravo. The experience was formative. “More than being my teacher of photography,” she recalls, “Don Manuel taught me about life.” Earlier this year, the editor and publisher Ramón Reverté visited Iturbide at her home in the Mexico City neighborhood of Coyoacán. One wall of her…

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the shadow and the flash

In 2003, Iñaki Bonillas inherited a collection from his Basque grandfather, José Rodríguez Plaza, who had arrived in Mexico as an exile from Spain decades earlier. J. R. Plaza had an expansive imagination. He photographed himself dressed up as various characters from American Westerns and made business cards for jobs he never held. The J. R. Plaza archive would become an enduring long-term project for Bonillas, one of Mexico’s most insightful artists when it comes to transforming the field of photography. His rigorous, decidedly experimental methodology encompasses photography, video, installation, site-specific interventions, and artist’s books. Bonillas, who in his youth worked as an “assistant to the assistant” in the photographer Carlos Somonte’s studio, has long been interested what he calls the “extra-photographic aspects of the medium.” In his deeply researched exhibition…