Issue: 20080303

Monday, March 3, 2008
Fall 2008
192
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2008
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Articles
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KENTMERE PAPERS
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SLAVICH PAPERS
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Nikon Inc.: Nikon D3
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Nikon Inc.
Nikon D3
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Aperture
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Foley Gallery
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Note
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Note
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The Editors
For this Editors’ Note we have decided to break form. Rather than introduce all the work featured in the current issue as we generally do, we would like to speak a bit about Aperture’s process—in relation to content—as a quarterly journal with an unusually long lead time.
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Masthead
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Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc.: Fujichrome Velvia 50
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Fujichrome Velvia 50
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Contributors
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TO SUBSCRIBE
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CLAUDIA ANGELMAIER lives and works in Leipzig and Berlin. She will have a solo exhibition at Galerie Kleindienst in Leipzig this fall. BILL BERKSON is a poet and critic who lives in San Francisco and New York. His Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981-2006 was published last year by Cuneiform, and a new volume of his poems will appear from Coffee House Press in 2009.
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RW Club International Photography Prize - 2008
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RAYMOND WEIL
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Reviews
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Archive Fever & Barbara Bloom
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Shelley Rice
Why the current fetish for archives? The question comes in response to two exhibitions: Archive Fever and The Collections of Barbara Bloom, both at the International Center of Photography in New York. These smart and serious shows are only the latest variations on what seems to be an urgent contemporary theme.
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Reviews
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The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide
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Susan Morgan
Throughout the world, the museum banner, displayed curbside at regular intervals, has become a commonplace feature of the metropolitan street scene—capable, when viewed at forty miles per hour, of reducing even the golden treasures of the Pharaohs or a bold Color Field painting to a simple logo.
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Bloomsbury Auctions Photographs
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Bloomsbury Auctions
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Reviews
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Gabriele Basilico: From San Francisco to Silicon Valley
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Bill Berkson
In April and May 2007, Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico, at the invitation of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, set about photographing public spaces in San Francisco and the information-processing haunts southward, along the Peninsula, as far as San Jose.
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Peter Fetterman Gallery
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PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY
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Reviews
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Photographing After the War
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Miriam Rosen
Before delving into these seven hundred words, please take a good look at the above photograph, Geprägte Spuren (Footprints). Taken in 1947 by Wolfgang Reisewitz, a German army veteran and POW, born and raised along the historically shifting border with France, it is worth more than the proverbial thousand others as an introduction to the show Photographing After the War, FranceGermany 1945-1955, recently on view at the Jeu de Paume, Paris.
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Reviews
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Mitch Epstein: American Work
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Aaron Schuman
In his 1981 introduction to American Landscapes, John Szarkowski wrote: "We have been half persuaded by Thoreau and by the evidence of our own brutal use of the land that the earth is beautiful except where man lives, or has passed through; and we have therefore set aside preserves where nature, other than man, may survive....
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Kopeikin Gallery
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Reviews
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Zoe Leonard: Photographs
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Martin Jaeggi
Photography and knowledge are intimately intertwined in Zoe Leonard’s work. She uses the medium both as a research tool capable of generating knowledge, and as an instrument to question socially received knowledge. This underlying concern was made evident in the retrospective at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, which presented her oeuvre as a continuous, almost essayistic reflection on these issues.
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Heritage Auction Galleries
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HERITAGE AUCTION GALLERIES
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Dialogue
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Invasion 68: Prague
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MELISSA HARRIS
That everything has happened by chance might seem an odd way to begin a discussion with a photographer whose focus, intensity, precision, and sheer will are evinced in every aspect of his being, not to mention in every project he has ever undertaken.
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Work and Process
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Walead Beshty Piece By Piece
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JAN TUMLIR
On first impression, Walead Beshty would appear to be one of those “artists who make ‘pieces,’” as Ed Ruscha inscribed on the face of a 1976 painting—meaning, I assume, that he works on one thing after another. Aside from an abiding interest in the photographic medium, its particular history and its impact on history in general, the work evinces a restless, roving curiosity.
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Theme and Variations
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Leaving Kansas: A Look at Second Life
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FRED RITCHIN
There are many ways to trace the origins of Second Life, a virtual world constructed on the Internet from bits, which mirrors, amplifies, and contradicts our own. One way, albeit a conventional one, drawing from the digital, would be to trace the many conceptual leaps that preceded its 2003 launch by Linden Lab and its evolution into a “3D digital world imagined and created by its Residents.
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Media Watch
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Framing the Presidency the Evolution of the Campaign Image
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Robert Hariman
If there is one photograph that captures the persistent anxiety about democracy in the electronic age, it is probably Garry Winogrand’s shot of John Fitzgerald Kennedy speaking at the 1960 Democratic National Convention. To get the image, Winogrand had to break many of the rules of conventional photojournalism: Kennedy is shown from behind rather than facing the camera; our attention is divided between the subject and his miniaturized, grainy image on a TV screen; the scene is littered with equipment, including the tripods and big lenses of those producing the media spectacle.
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Essay
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Re-Viewing Rear Window
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David Campany
Is there any photograph more hybrid, less aesthetically pure than the film still? It has its admirers but there are few of them among the guardians of photography. The film still is something of an orphan. But of course orphans usually have interesting stories to tell.
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Work in Progress
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Claudia Angelmaier Reproduction Art
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Brian Dillon
How to write about the photographs of Claudia Angelmaier and not mention that essay? One might as well get the reference to Walter Benjamin out of the way early and admit that, in the history of art since “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (1936), the stakes of that text have rarely been so precisely, elegantly, and even seductively stated as in these pallid, neutral images.
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Photographer's Project
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Duane Michals: Chromophilia
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ROBERT KUSHNER
Duane Michals’s classical photographs are firmly etched in our minds, holding their unique place in the canon of modern photography. We tend to forget, though, that as a living artist, he continues to exercise the prerogative of allowing his work to evolve and change.
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Mixing the Media
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Hanatsubaki Perfection is Lifeless
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JASON EVANS
A red-haired girl lies along a dirt furrow in a beetle-bright Prada dress that looks like it shrank in the hot wash. Arranged around her, green salad bowls overflow with green salad. I am executing an idea sketched by revered Japanese graphic designer Nakajo Masayoshi for issue 695 of Hanatsubaki magazine.
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On Location
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Joel Sternfeld: Oxbow Archive
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GRETEL EHRLICH
He ducks his head under the black cloth, his legs wedged between those of the tripod to inspect the upside-down image on the camera’s ground glass: a plowed field, a lone tree, a rainwater pond. There is a long silence, then Joel Sternfeld’s muffled voice: “You see, it’s just an ordinary field.
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Books
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Anna Fox: Photographs, 1983-2007
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Charlotte Cotton
If you don’t know the photographs of Anna Fox, you have a treat in store with this book. If you have already come across and enjoyed the work of one of Britain’s most inventive and thoughtful photographers, you may be astonished to find how much of her work you have not yet seen.
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Selected Books
Excerpts
Geert van Kesteren: Baghdad Calling
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[In Iraq,] van Kesteren noticed that refugees use their mobile phones as family albums. He also came across the gruesome fact that for criminals and murderers the mobile phone is an important tool, as in the case where a kidnapper uses the mobile of the victim to contact the family or where the coroner uses the mobile of the dead person to inform the bereaved family of their loss.
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Selected Books
Excerpts
Larry Towell: The World From My Front Porch
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I believe that photojournalists should remain both astounded at the beauty of the world and repulsed by its cruelty. The inherent lie of "professionalism," often a guise for indifference, is that it can shut and bolt the door of feeling. This is antithetical to the truth within us and to the real world outside.
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Selected Books
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Omar D Devoir de Memoire: A Biography of Disappearance, Algeria 1992-
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In the past, there were only two categories of victims in conflicts: the dead and the wounded. Now we have to add the disappeared, who might be the victims of terrorist groups but, for the most part, are the victims of the state's security services or government militias....
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Conferences
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Conspiracy Dwellings
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Mark Haworth-Booth
Conspiracy Dwellings, an exhibition and symposium on the theme of surveillance in contemporary art, was held last January at South Hill Park Art Centre, a grand old country house outside London, now filled with galleries and screening rooms.
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CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS
Open Hearts Open Doors
CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS
Nature of the Rainforest
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Brighton Photo Biennial
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BRIGHTON PHOTO BIENNIAL
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Remembrance
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Jonathan Williams, 1929-2008
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Diana C. Stoll
Poet, essayist, photographer, visionary—not words to be tossed about casually—Jonathan Williams was perhaps best known as the founder and drive behind the Jargon Society, the small press that published in Its half-century some hundred books of avant-garde writings, art, and photography.
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CHRONICLE BOOKS
INSIDE IRAN
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PLANET SHANGHAI Life in the City
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Mind's Eye
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Robert Farris Thompson on Jerry Dantzic's Mambo Jambo
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The capital of New York mambo in the 1950s was the Palladium Ballroom at Broadway and 53rd Street. Mura Dehn, the filmmaker, was there in 1951 and proclaimed it “the most glamorous popular dance hall in New York.” It was home to star Puerto Rican, AfroCuban, and African-American dancers, plus Italians and Jews.
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Aperture West Collaborative Series
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