Aperture #214

Aperture #214

Aperture Magazine

February 25, 2014

Aperture #214

Speaking the Language of Photography
Spring 2014


The ground for documentary photographers has radically shifted over the last decade. How can socially minded storytellers adapt to this new terrain? Created in conjunction with Magnum Foundation and guest editor Susan Meiselas, Aperture‘s spring 2014 issue, “Documentary, Expanded,” explores a cross section of critical questions for practicing documentarians today, when the old models for producing and disseminating work have disappeared.
WORDS—The sharpest ideas in photography
Susan Meiselas, in an interview with Chris Boot, Aperture’s executive director, discusses the need for photographers to adapt and embrace new technologies, tools, and strategies. Ariella Azoulay, in conversation with Creative Time’s Nato Thompson, reflects on the important role of collaborative work in the history of photography. Ethan Zuckerman considers the benefits and pitfalls of citizen journalism and image aggregation, while Lev Manovich presents his work with big data and social-media visualization. The essay section is rounded out by additional pieces by photojournalism experts Fred Ritchin and Stephen Mayes, and a dialogue between artist Hito Steyerl and theorist Thomas Keenan.

PICTURES—The magazine’s visual showcase
The magazine’s portfolio section presents new projects that use social media, data mapping, or collaboration to engage in current sociopolitical themes. Thomas Dworzak documents the role of Instagram as a political or news mouthpiece; Daniel Traub collaborates with local photographers to document African laborers in southern China; Wendy Ewald, Eric Gottesman, and members of Canada’s Innu people build a community archive; Emily Schiffer shares her photography and mapping project on Chicago’s underserved South Side; artist James Bridle documents an invisible war with Dronestagram; Mari Bastashevski explores the global arms trade; and Teru Kuwayama discusses Basetrack, a social-media reporting project that connected Marines with their families.


What Matters Now?
Contributions by professors Ben Moskowitz and Mary Panzer, curator and writer Paul Wombell, and Matthew Coolidge, director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation

A collection of thoughts on writings that have inspired Tod Papageorge

Diana C. Stoll on the critical writings of Sadakichi Hartmann

Studio Visit
Alex Klein with Barbara Kasten in Chicago

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