Aperture 248 - Fall 2022
70th Anniversary Issue
Aperture celebrates seventy years with an issue that explores the magazine’s past while charting its future. Reflecting on the founding editors’ original mission and drawing on Aperture’s global community of photographers, writers, and thinkers, this issue features original commissions by seven artists and essays by seven of the most incisive writers working today—each engaging with their chosen decade from the magazine’s history.
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Anniversary issue features seven original commissions by leading photographers and artists, and seven essays about Aperture’s legacy by award-winning writers and critics
This fall, Aperture celebrates seventy years in print with an issue that explores the magazine’s past while charting its future. Reflecting on the founding editors’ original mission and drawing on Aperture’s global community of photographers, writers, and thinkers, this issue features seven original artist commissions as well as seven essays by some of the most incisive writers working today––each engaging with the magazine’s archive in distinct ways.
Among the original artist commissions, Iñaki Bonillas selects iconic images and texts from the Aperture’s archive from the 1950s to produce open-ended narrative collages. Dayanita Singh reflects on the 1960s and the family album as a serious photographic form. Yto Barrada enacts sculptural interventions to issues and spreads from the 1970s, using remnants of the late artist Bettina Grossman’s color paper cutouts. Mark Steinmetz draws inspiration from the magazine’s Summer 1987 issue, “Mothers & Daughters,” to compose a photo essay of his wife, the photographer Irina Rozovsky, and their daughter Amelia. Considering the matrix of censorship, art, and religion in the 1990s, John Edmonds creates a tableau about family, faith, and grief. Hannah Whitaker explores the turn of the century, and the ways in which our anxieties about technology create speculative worlds. And Hank Willis Thomas draws on Aperture’s issues from the 2010s to create a series of collages that reference traditional quilt patterning, revivifying history and remixing the present.
Looking back upon Aperture’s legacy, Darryl Pinckney reconsiders the photographer and editor Minor White, whose vision shaped the magazine for nearly two decades, beginning in the 1950s. Olivia Laing writes about the 1960s and the tensions between reportage and artistry in the work of Dorothea Lange, W. Eugene Smith, and others. Geoff Dyer revisits to the 1970s, which he considers a decade of new ideas and deeper reflection on the medium, looking into the works of William Eggleston and Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Brian Wallis looks back at the politics, art, identity, and the “culture wars” of the 1980s, while Susan Stryker reflects on Aperture’s archive from the 1990s and its foregrounding of identity beyond the gender binary, evoking Catherine Opie, Elaine Reichek, and Aperture’s pathbreaking “Male/Female” issue. Lynne Tillman illustrates how photographers searched for the tangible in an increasingly digital world in the 2000s, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Salamishah Tillet shows how the photo album became a source of connection and narrative amid the information overabundance of the 2010s.
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 144
Publication date: 2022-09-06
Measurements: 9.25 x 12 x 0.6 inches
Support has been provided by members of Aperture’s Magazine Council: The Kanakia Foundation, Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović, Susan and Thomas Dunn, and Michael W. Sonnenfeldt, MUUS Collection. Additional support is provided in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Aperture Foundation’s programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Table Of Contents
Maurice Broomfield, Speaking with Light, Martine Syms, Sibylle Bergemann
Casey Quackenbush on Mikki Ferrill’s 1970s-era visions of Black joy
Evan Moffitt on Wolfgang Tillmans’s career retrospective
Randy Kennedy on Christopher Anderson and photography as manual labor
Ryan Ho Kilpatrick on Billy H.C. Kwok’s work on Hong Kong and Taiwan
Kwanele Sosibo on Mikhael Subotzky’s newest film and life in Johannesburg
Elle Pérez on Peter Hujar, E. Jane, and the judges of Legendary
Aperture’s 70th Anniversary
Seven Writers on Seven Decades
1950s: The Invention of Minor White
Finding spiritual liberation though photography
1960s: Did You See Those Pictures?
The tensions between reportage and artistry
1970s: The Idea of Photography
A decade of new thought and reflection on the medium
1980s: Edges of Illusion
Artists meet the culture wars
1990s: The Shape of Trans to Come
How do we represent identity beyond the binary?
2000s: Real Life and Living Memory
Searching for the tangible in a digital world
2010s: Everyday People
A photo-album for the future
Seven Photographers on Seven Decades
1950s: Iñaki Bonillas
Iconic images and texts become narrative collages
1960s: Dayanita Singh
The Photography of Nony Singh
Could a family album have been presented as serious photography?
1970s: Yto Barrada
Bettina’s Color-aid Papers
With sculptural interventions, encounters with the printed page
1980s: Mark Steinmetz
Irina & Amelia
The enduring influence of an issue about mothers and daughters
1990s: John Edmonds
A tableau about family, grief, and religion
2000s: Hannah Whitaker
How anxiety about technology creates speculative worlds
2010s: Hank Willis Thomas
In textile-inspired works, a vibrant tribute to artists and mentors
The PhotoBook Review
A conversation with the designer Irma Boom—and a selection of recent photobooks
Seven questions for Hua Hsu