Issue: 20080404

Friday, April 4, 2008
Winter 2008
193
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2008
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Articles
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The University of Chicago Press: KURDISTAN In the Shadow of History
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The University of Chicago Press
KURDISTAN In the Shadow of History
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RAYMOND WEIL
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RAYMOND WEIL
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HERITAGE Auction Galleries
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HERITAGE Auction Galleries
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Tierney Fellows
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Tierney Fellows
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FOLEY gallery
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FOLEY gallery
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NOTE
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The Editors
In this issue, we celebrate the centennial of the birth of Minor White, one of Aperture's founders and the magazine's editor from 1952 to 1971. Esteemed photography-historian Peter C. Bunnell, who assisted White in Aperture's early days, traces the production of the magazine's very first issue, and we take a look at that maquette in mid-process, marked up with White’s own notes.
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Masthead
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Museum of Contemporary Photography
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Museum of Contemporary Photography
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
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CONTRIBUTORS
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GERRY BADGER is a photographer and writer; he is currently working on a book of his own photographs and researching postwar European photography. ULRICH BAER teaches German and comparative literature at New York University. His books include Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma (MIT Press, 2002).
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS
A Procession of Them
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS
A Certain Alchemy
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REVIEWS
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STREET & STUDIO: AN URBAN HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
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Gerry Badger
The young man sits against a large basket, at a right angle to the camera, but he turns his head to look a little warily at the photographer. The date is ca. 1851, the photographer Charles Nègre, and the kid is Le Petit Chiffonier (The little ragpicker).
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REVIEWS
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MALICK SIDIBÉ: CHEMISES
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Aaron Schuman
Several days after being mesmerized by Malian photographer Malick Sidibé's recent exhibition Chemises at the Fotografie-museum Amsterdam (FOAM), I received an email from a friend describing a New York party: "[It] was serious: a Long Island City backyard on an exceedingly humid New York night, with beach balls hitting the turntable causing record needles to skip, and friends making out with friends they shouldn't be making out with."
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REVIEWS
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SERGEY BRATKOV: GLORY DAYS
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Martin Jaeggi
The bewildering paradoxes of life in post-Communist Russia—the tension between the alluring promises of freedom and the iron constraints of the market economy—are the foci of Sergey Bratkov's œuvre, as seen in the recent retrospective of his work at the Fotomuseum Winterthur.
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RICHARD MISRACH
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RICHARD MISRACH
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REVIEWS
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MARIO GIACOMELLI: BEYOND TIME
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Vicki Goldberg
The talents of some artists so precisely mesh with their times that their work becomes the sign and summary of an era: take, for example, Walker Evans's Depression-era photographs, that cool, orderly, and dignified document of abject poverty.
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REVIEWS
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IN-SECURITY: THE NUCLEAR DILEMMA
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Lyle Rexer
For a person of my generation, it is impossible to be neutral about anything containing the word "nuclear." It conjures up the following images, all of which have entered that archive we might call "disaster nostalgia": Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe on the UN tabletop, test buildings being dusted off the Nevada desert by a multi-megaton blast, missile-laden freighters steaming toward Cuba, children crouching under their school desks during attack drills, families stocking their fallout shelters.
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SCOTT NICHOLS GALLERY
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SCOTT NICHOLS GALLERY
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REVIEWS
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BERND AND HILLA BECHER: LANDSCAPE/TYPOLOGY
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Philip Gefter
For more than forty years, Bernd and Hilla Becher photographed relics of industry throughout the changing urban landscape of the late twentieth century, both in Europe and the United States. The weight of their achievement is grounded in a tradition of photographic documentation that is scientific in method and ostensibly mundane in its choice of subject.
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Photographic Resource Center
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Photographic Resource Center
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ARCHIVE
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A MAGAZINE IN THE MAKING
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PETER C. BUNNELL
Minor White, Aperture magazine’s co-founder and brilliant first editor, was born in 1908. We celebrate this centennial anniversary by looking at pages from the 1952 maquette of the very first issue of the magazine, marked with White’s notations—a magazine in the making.
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WITNESS
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SUSAN MEISELAS NICARAGUA
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JOHN BERGER
Susan Meiselas first traveled to Nicaragua in June 1978. There she witnessed and documented the last year of the four-decade Somoza regime, the growth and development of the country's popular resistance, the insurrection, and finally the overthrow of Somoza by the Sandinistas in 1979.
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MIXING THE MEDIA
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THE AUTHOR AS PHOTOGRAPHER EARLY SOVIET WRITERS AND THE CAMERA
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ERIKA WOLF
In the wake of the Russian Revolution, innovative journalistic and documentary forms proliferated in the Soviet Union, fueled by the radical rethinking of culture and new technologies for reproduction. In the early 1930s, many Soviet authors incorporated photography into their literary work, publishing photo-essays in the burgeoning illustrated press.
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PHOTOGRAPHER'S PROJECT
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PHILLIP TOLEDANO: PHONESEX
PORTRAITS OF THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO PROVIDE THE SULTRY VOICES ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE.
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I never thought I would work in the phone sex industry. All those years doing customer service, my customers would comment on my sexy voice. I thought I was being professional, not sexy. This work is customer service. It's just that your customers leave with more than a smile.
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PORTFOLIO
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RICHARD MISRACH UNTITLED
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Richard Misrach's latest series, Untitled, is presented as a portfolio here for the first time in print. Ongoing advances in digital technology are transforming the way photographers can work, and Misrach's new project is a powerful outcome of this sea change.
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ESSAY
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DEEP IN THE ARCHIVE
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Ulrich Baer
What belongs in an archive? Everything that someone does not wish to forget and everything that someone believes will hold the key to the future. Countless records and objects are placed into archives in the hope that a yet-to-be-developed understanding of them will determine how the future will be lived.
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ON LOCATION
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GUY TILLIM: THINGS AS THEY SEEM
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JOANNA LEHAN
Having started his career as a photojournalist more than twenty years ago in his native South Africa, Guy Tillim has emerged in recent years in some of the most influential art contexts—Kassel's Documenta, the São Paulo Bienal, and the exhibitions Snap Judgments and Africa Remix, both with extensive international touring schedules.
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WORK AND PROCESS
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ON THE EDGE OF CLEAR MEANIN
RECONSIDERING THE WORK OF JOHN WOOD
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DAVID LEVI STRAUSS
When I was studying with Nathan Lyons at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, in the mid-1970s, someone gave me a couple of offset prints of photographic portraits by John Wood. They are straightforward full-face portraits; the subjects—a young woman and a young man—look directly into the lens with great openness and affection.
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ROADS LESS TRAVELED
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DISAPPEARING GIANTS
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MICHAEL "NICK" NICHOLS
Since 1992, Michael "Nick" Nichols and his colleague J. Michael Fay have been observing and documenting the behavior of elephants in central Africa, and recently at Zakouma National Park in southeastern Chad and Samburu National Reserve in Kenya.
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BOOKS
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KENT KLICH/BETH R: PICTURE IMPERFECT
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Carole Naggar
What do we know about Beth R? The records of Dr. Svend Heinild, who has attempted to help her over the years, tell us the bare facts. She is the third of four children, and from the age of four was in and out of children's homes and institutions. Her family was poor, often living in homeless shelters.
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EXCERPTS
SELECTED BOOKS
Joakim Eskildsen THE ROMA JOURNEYS
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The Roma people exist somewhere beyond all provident care, only seldom does anybody speak up for them, and they cannot think of any nation that would be prepared to give them a voice that everybody would listen to. This people has an estimated 20 million members, the single largest minority in Europe and one that none the less does not receive sufficient recognition.
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ODYSSEY: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF LINDA CONNOR
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I want my work to recognize the transcendent aspects of attention, openness, and mystery of sacred art and its mother, the natural world, this beautiful and terrifying place we are all so privileged to live in. I recognize the transcendent aspects of attention, openness, and art—these are qualities I strive for in my work.
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Lynda Nead THE HAUNTED GALLERY: PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM C. 1900
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The dream of motion haunts the visual arts from the classical period to the present day. Myths of enchanted images and moving statues can be traced through the history of Western art. Galatea steps down from her pedestal, portrait figures break free of their frames; the gallery is haunted by the possibilities of life and imminent movement.
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BOOKS
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DIRK ALVERMANN
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Martin Parr
My colleague Gerry Badger and I are often asked if there will be a Volume 3 to follow the first two parts of our Photobook: A History. It is very tempting: we keep discovering compelling books that escaped our attention. The books of Dirk Alvermann fall into this category.
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Nikon School
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Nikon School
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FESTIVALS
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PHOTOGRAPHY FROM CHINA
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Vicki Goldberg
It used to be that if you had a bad bridge hand you said it was like a history book: no pictures. Today the going idea is that visuals aid learning—and photographs are eyewitnesses, which makes them major contributors to history and history books.
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CHRONICLE BOOKS
LIBRARY OF DUST
CHRONICLE BOOKS
RIGHT: Portraits from the Evangelical Ivy League
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MIND'S EYE
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ANNE WILKES TUCKER ON THE 1951 ASPEN CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
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In 1951, the Aspen Institute hosted a conference to which twenty-two remarkable figures in the field of photography were invited to discuss the state and future of the medium. At that seminal gathering, several critical ideas were birthed, including Aperture magazine and the seeds for what became the Society for Photographic Education.
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artnet
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INDUSTRIAL COLOR IC LAB
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