Cover, Aperture Spring 2021

Issue 242: “New York”

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March 16, 2021
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One year after New York City shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aperture magazine releases “New York,” an extraordinary issue honoring the city through photographs and essays by visionary artists and writers.

In the issue:

Words
“This Is New York”
Julian Rose on Berenice Abbott / Michael Schulman on Weegee / Alan Michelson on Lewis W. Hine / Darryl Pinckney on Harlem / Brian Wallis on An-My Lê / Paul Moakley on Christine Osinski / Natasha Stagg on Nightlife / Thessaly La Force on Isa Genzken

“The Alchemist”
Jamel Shabazz’s indelible portraits of style and joy
by Tanisha C. Ford

“On the Town”
Revisiting the “New York issue” in classic magazines
by Vince Aletti

“Life and Death in an American City”
How one photographer covered the unfolding of the pandemic
Philip Montgomery in Conversation with Kathy Ryan

“Seeing In Black”
Images, activism, and organizing for the Black community
by Antwaun Sargent

“Voices & Memories”
At the Museum of Chinese in America, photographs tell a story of resilience
by Hua Hsu

Pictures
Rosalind Fox Solomon: “The people of the city”
Introduction by Lynne Tillman

Irina Rozovsky: “In Plain Air”
Introduction by Joseph O’Neill

Ari Marcopoulos: “Pandemonium”
Introduction by Hilton Als

Adam Pape: “The Roses”
Introduction by Arthur Lubow

Rafael Rios: “Family”
Introduction by Concepción de León

Ryan McGinley: “The Stonewall Protests”
Introduction by Mikelle Street

Saul Leiter: “New York in Color”
Introduction by Randy Kennedy

Farah Al Qasimi: “Queens Main Street”
Introduction by Suleman Sheikh Anaya

Widline Cadet: “Absence Persists”
Introduction by Edwidge Danticat

Roe Ethridge: “Fugitive Sunset”
Introduction by Eva Díaz

Plus—Rebecca Bengal on Jim Goldberg’s collaborative photograms, Rianna Jade Parker on James Barnor’s images of Black cosmopolitans, and Rinko Kawauchi on Seiichi Furuya, Sally Mann, and James Turrell

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Significant support of Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation and by Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović. Aperture gratefully acknowledges Judy and Leonard Lauder for their lead support of the “New York” issue, and Laumont Editions for support of additional editorial content. Further generous 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 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.