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A Startling Discovery at San Quentin

Ear Hustle podcast creator Nigel Poor uncovers a trove of photographs at California’s most infamous prison.

The Woman Behind the First Photography Gallery

Helen Gee risked everything to open Limelight in 1954, selling prints by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, and Robert Frank.

reviews

America on the Brink

Zoe Leonard’s retrospective investigates the politics of image making.

reviews

David Goldblatt and the Legacy of Apartheid

For more than fifty years, the South African photographer has documented the structures of a divided society.

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Bruce Jackson: On the Inside

When a folklorist set out to document life in American prisons, he found the enduring segregation of the Old South.

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No Country for Young Men

In a society with strict definitions of manhood, how are photographers portraying Iranian masculinity?

featured

What Makes a Family?

An exhibition explores how black photographers portray their communities and kin.

aperture beat

Inside a Japanese Legend’s Latest Book

At the Japan Society, Aperture Members enjoyed a rare glimpse into Naoya Hatakeyama’s artistic process.

talks & interviews

Being and Belonging at MoMA

Behind the scenes of the museum’s latest showcase for new photography.

aperture beat

What New York Photo Editors Want to See

The curators of the 2018 Aperture Summer Open discuss what inspires them in photography today.

reviews

Can a Feminist Embrace Araki?

At the Museum of Sex, a new look at the prolific—and provocative—Japanese photographer.

talks & interviews

Are You Listening, America?

Eugene Richards’s new film shares stories of overlooked citizens.