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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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Editor Michael Famighetti Contributing Editor Elena Navarro Managing Editor Brendan Embser Assistant Editor Annika Klein Copy Editors Olivia Casa, Clare Fentress, Donna Ghelerter Translators Elianna Kan, Enrique Pérez Rosiles Senior Production Manager True Sims Production Manager Bryan Krueger Work Scholars Charis Morgan, Valeriya Pavlova, Ellen Pong Art Direction, Design & Typefaces A2/SW/HK, London Publisher Dana Triwush magazine@aperture.org Director of Brand Partnerships Isabelle Friedrich McTwigan 212–946–7118 imctwigan@aperture.org Advertising Elizabeth Morina 917–691–2608 emorina@aperture.org Executive Director, Aperture Foundation Chris Boot Minor White, Editor (1952–1974) Michael E. Hoffman, Publisher and Executive Director (1964–2001) Aperture Foundation Board of Trustees* Cathy Kaplan, Chair; Willard B. Taylor, Esq., Vice Chair; Anne Stark Locher, Secretary; Michael Hoeh, Treasurer; Peter Barbur; Dawoud Bey; Allan M. Chapin; Stuart B. Cooper; Elaine Goldman; Elizabeth Ann Kahane; Hemant Kanakia; Nion McEvoy; Sarah Anne McNear; Joel Meyerowitz; Jessica Nagle; Helen Nitkin; Melissa O’Shaughnessy; Sarah Gore Reeves; Lisa Rosenblum; Thomas R.…

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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,…

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spotlight mark mcknight

“I think we’re all constantly on the precipice of becoming another thing,” the photographer Mark McKnight says. A logic of transformation—of metaphor—animates his defiantly analog, large-format, black-and-white photographs. A torn bag of asphalt suggests the broken flesh of an animal; a blistered wall rhymes with a man’s mottled back; the play of light across tar reveals a cosmos. Bodies, landscapes, buildings are depicted in a way that makes them nearly interchangeable, equivalent to the eye and also, disquietingly, to our sympathy, so that traces of adhesive on a wall might be scars from a severed limb. The extraordinary energy of McKnight’s images comes from a harnessing of contrary, even contradictory, forces. McKnight, who was born in Los Angeles, in 1984, chooses as his subjects men he knows and frequently is attracted…

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rediscovered books and writings

Fifty years ago, in February 1969, black student activists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison called a strike against racism, demanding more African American students and faculty, more relevant courses, and amnesty for black protesters. This extraordinary weeklong demonstration, which culminated in a standoff between over ten thousand students and about nineteen hundred fully armed National Guard soldiers, is succinctly documented in a small but powerful forty-page photobook titled On Strike: Shut It Down (1969), published within weeks of the confrontation by local photojournalist Richard Faverty, with pithy text by Joel Brenner, editor of the university’s student newspaper. The protest was part of the nationwide Black Campus Movement, which exploded in the year following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968. African American students at Wisconsin–Madison first staged…

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a list of favorite anythings

“Every documentary body of work is made with the intention of it becoming a book in its final manifestation,” says Max Pinckers. The Brussels-based photographer, who was raised in Asia and Australia, has self-published five books of photographs made in India, North Korea, Thailand, and the United States—all since 2012. Though Pinckers’s work broadly falls into the category of documentary photography, he doesn’t believe in objectivity or neutrality. His recent series Margins of Excess (2018) responds to a “post-truth” world. Considering people who have been called out as frauds—a white woman who pretended to be black, an author who fabricated a Holocaust memoir—Pinckers combines press clippings and intentionally misleading staged photographs to question the fluidity of meaning. Francis Alÿs, When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002 Belgian artist Francis Alys addresses urgent social, political,…

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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,…