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Spring 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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exhibitions to see

Christina Fernandez, 1927, Going Back to Morelia, 1995EncoreThe past is prologue at the Getty, where, in the exhibition Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography, seven artists assume the guises of figures from political, personal, or art-historical memory. Yasumasa Morimura inserts himself into a Manet. Samuel Fosso channels the spirits of civil rights–era icons and African independence leaders. Christina Fernandez re-creates the story of her mother’s migration from Mexico to California, along the way adopting vernacular modes of twentieth-century photography. For artists from Yinka Shonibare MBE to Gillian Wearing, performance is central. As exhibition curator Arpad Kovacs notes, each “revises source materials from the past, either visual or written documents, or family narratives, and acts them out for the camera.”Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography at the Getty, Los Angeles, March 12–June 9,…

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chuck shacochis

Matt’s First Time Stripping, 1997More than twenty years have passed since the release of John Waters’s film Pecker (1998), which tells the story of an aspiring photographer, played by Edward Furlong, whose deliciously gritty black-and-white images of the characters and happenings in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood catch the eye of a New York gallerist. Much hullabaloo follows—critics rave over his debut show; an arts writer calls his friends and family “culturally challenged” in the newspaper; his grandmother Memama appears on the cover of Artforum; the Whitney Museum of American Art offers him a show, to be titled A Peek at Pecker; and, eventually, the great and good of the New York art world end up partying in Baltimore, where Pecker decides to stage his own show. The film remains a cult favorite…

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aperture limited-edition photographs

Aperture is pleased to present a series of limited-edition prints and portfolios from artists featured in the magazine. Proceeds from the sale of these editions support the artists as well as Aperture Foundation’s publishing and public programs.Ethan James GreenGogo and Ser, 2015Edition of 10. Featured in issue #229, “Future Gender.”Carolyn DrakeKyle in Target parking lot, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2016Edition of 10. Featured in issue #226, “American Destiny.”DurimelBigger then, Bigger Glenn, 2017Edition of 15. Featured in issue #228, “Elements of Style.”Kathya Maria LanderosMain Street laundromat, Methow Valley, Washington, 2012Edition of 10. Featured in issue #226, “American Destiny.”Christopher AndersonPia with balloon in Gràcia, Barcelona, 2016Edition of 25. Featured in issue #233, “Family.”Shop: aperture.org/prints…

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rediscovered books and writings

Jill Posener, Farringdon, London, 1979, from Spray It Loud (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982)Sometimes rude, often crude, the graffiti that Jill Posener began photographing in London in the 1970s and collected in Spray It Loud, a slim photobook published in 1982, reflects the signature struggles of the British left at the time. The book’s typology of delinquent typography is comprised of feminist tags and antiracist slogans, calls for social housing and for nuclear disarmament. The daubed demands that Posener encountered as she roamed the city with her A-to-Z street atlas appear against a backdrop of urban decay and social deprivation—the context that secured the Conservative Party its mandate to govern in 1979 with a pernicious ideology of free-market capitalism and nationalistic rhetoric. The graffiti, Posener writes in the book’s…

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a list of favorite anythings

“I love the South for its warmth and chaos,” says photographer Mark Steinmetz, who was born in New York but now lives in Athens, Georgia. Steinmetz worked with Garry Winogrand in the 1980s and has photographed throughout the American South, as well as in Paris and various Italian cities, making silvery black-and-white images that conjure a mood of chance. For his most recent series, ATL/Terminus (2018), Steinmetz turned his lens on Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport—the busiest airport in the world—and its surroundings. In his pictures of this bustling hub, he gives form to the poetic ambiance of the airport as a space of coming and going, conveying the open-endedness and quiet complexity of daily life.Late work of Garry WinograndGarry Winogrand’s photographs from the last years of his life—he died in…

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art basel hong kong

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