Issue 249: “Reference”

Issue 249: “Reference”

Aperture Magazine

Cover: Aperture, winter 2022.

December 13, 2022
Issue 249: “Reference”
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“Reference” considers the role images play in the creation of something else. What can a photograph do? Spanning fashion design, architecture, film, and print, the artists featured in this issue borrow and quote from their source material to create transformative works that are all their own.

In the issue:

Words
Grace Wales Bonner: The Researcher
The influential designer on her artistic collaborations
A Conversation with Ekow Eshun

Between Art and Function
Do photographs have a purpose in the world?
David Campany

Under the Influence
Two architects create a novel form of collage
Mimi Zeiger

The Troublemakers
The oppositional energy of zines
Jesse Dorris

William Kentridge: The Excess of the Studio
For the celebrated artist, photographs have always been a reference
A Conversation with Jonathan Cane

Pictures
Jojo Gronostay: The Repros
An artist’s clever reuse of the fashion image
Mikelle Street

Deborah Turbeville: A Passport to Fashion
From the renowned photographer, a revelatory photo-novella
Thessaly La Force

James Welling: Cento
Through color and process, the ancient world is seen anew
Kate Palmer Albers

Stephanie Syjuco: Latent Images
New stories emerge from institutional archives
Sara Knelman

Sheida Soleimani: Absolute Power
The political theater of the United Nations
Haleh Anvari

Katrien de Blauwer: True Stories
Personal history told through vintage ephemera
Coralie Kraft

Plus—exhibitions from Joan Didion, Nan Goldin, Johan van der Keuken, and John Waters; Lovia Gyarkye on Qiana Mestrich’s archive about Black women at work; Brian Sholis on Alfredo Jarr and the legacy of Life magazine; Yxta Maya Murray on Gordon Parks’s 1960s-era photographs of Stokely Carmichael; Sam Contis on Annie Ernaux, Ingrid Pollard, and the landscapes of the Chinati foundation; seven questions for Laurie Simmons; and The PhotoBook Review: A conversation with the editor Ramón Reverté and a selection of recent photobooks.

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Support has been provided by members of Aperture’s Magazine Council: Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović, Susan and Thomas Dunn, Denis O’Leary and Kate Cordson, and Michael W. Sonnenfeldt, MUUS Collection. Additional support is provided in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Aperture Foundation’s programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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