Kwame Brathwaite’s photographs fused the two mediums to push the boundaries of beauty, transforming how we define Blackness.
Nan Goldin Selling Signed Prints for $100 to Fight the Opioid Crisis
The artist is donating proceeds from the sale, a collaboration between Magnum Photos and the Aperture Foundation, to her activist group PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now).
Portraits of Palestinian Life in America
Focusing on a handful of Gazan experiences, Home Away From Home examines how people construct familiar spaces for themselves within distant landscapes and is on view at Aperture.
Portrayals of Prisoners Complicate Stereotypes and Implicate the US
The images and art works that make up this exhibition — mostly vernacular and documentary photographs — restore dignity to their subjects by restoring nuance to their stories.
A Photographer’s Multifaceted Scenes of Mexican Street Life
An exhibition at the Aperture Foundation gathers pictures taken by Alex Webb over more than 30 years, all across Mexico.
How Photographs Have Shaped Our View of the National Parks
There were two prominent types of landscape photographs in the 1860s: Civil War battlefields strewn with the dead, and sweeping vistas of the West.
The Photographed, Collaged, and Painted Muses of Mickalene Thomas
New Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her richly textured, rhinestone-encrusted paintings of African-American women and bright, collaged interiors. Lesser known is her photography, which she’s long considered a crucial component of her art practice.
30 Years On, Nan Goldin’s Unflinching ‘Ballad’ Is Just as Powerful
When the slideshow of Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency flipped past pictures of her ex Brian, I finally understood why she had photographed him so much.
From Ireland, Photographer Doug DuBois’s Images of Fading Youth
“Youth is wasted on the young” is one of those clever-sounding, achingly wistful quips that have been attributed to various wags of assorted times and places, including the Irish writers Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw.
Through a Lens, Inquisitively: Modern Photo Visions, of and from Japan
Most photographs of real-life events tend to be documentary by nature, but the kind of photographic image-making that makes a point of approaching its subjects with an “objective” viewpoint and a for-posterity sense of purpose — can such photos ever convey a truly neutral position vis-à-vis their subjects?
Photographing the Universal Drama of the School Playground
Even if you don’t remember a lick of elementary school classwork, it’s likely the joys and terrors of the schoolyard linger.
Finding Community in the Picture Windows of Paris
Anonymity can be comfortable, though, which is why — for many of us at least — the desire to connect rarely propels us beyond a voyeuristic curiosity about the neighbors.