Aperture is a New York based photography magazine. The Aperture association of the same name is a non-profit organization of photographers from all over the world that aims to unite, dialogue and show the works of the brightest minds in the field of photography.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are Aperture's main ways of thinking, which since 1952 have guided the artists who are published in its magazine.
The magazine is an institution in the world of independent photography, and also resists in its print version, published quarterly, for the high quality of the editorial product that makes it a must in the sector.
This issue of Aperture explores the idea of cosmology: the local origins, histories and universes that artists create for themselves.
In "Cosmologies", the artists focus their attention on the great mysteries, both personal and shared, tracing their positions in space, time and history.
- Greg Tate talks with Deana Lawson about how her monumental portraits represent the cosmologies of the African diaspora: "What I'm doing integrates mythology, religion, empirical data, dreams," says Lawson, whose work is the subject of major solo exhibitions this year at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
- In an in-depth profile of Judith Joy Ross and her iconic portraiture, Rebecca Bengal shows how a constellation of strangers is brought together through Ross's precise and empathetic gaze.
- A portfolio of Michael Schmidt's work from the 1970s and 1980s reveals a once divided Berlin, as Feng Li's striking black and white snapshots weave through the absurd dramas of various Chinese cities.
- Ashley James distills the surreal visions of Awol Erizku's still lifes and tableaux;
- Casey Gerald contributes a rousing ode to Baldwin Lee's thrilling 1980s portraits of southern black subjects; and Pico Iyer meditates on Tom Sandberg's grayscale.
Number of pages: 144