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Vicki Goldberg: Russian Photography Looks at the Past

Vsevolod Tarasevich, 'At the USSR Academy of Sciences Institute of Biophysics Moscow region, town of Pushchino,' 1974. MAMM collection
Vsevolod Tarasevich, 'At the USSR Academy of Sciences Institute of Biophysics Moscow region, town of Pushchino,' 1974. MAMM collection

Vicki Goldberg reports back from a 2013 trip to Russia, about an exhibition of Soviet propaganda.

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Site Specific: Introduction by Christopher Phillips

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An excerpt from Christopher Phillips’s introduction to Site Specific: Photographs by Olivo Barbieri.

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Back In Black

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Arles_Ritchin_Featured

Fred Ritchin files a dispatch from Les Rencontres d’Arles.

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Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013)

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Charlesworth_Featured

James Welling remembers fellow photographer Sarah Charlesworth.

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Out of Nowhere: Photography in Cambodia

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Cambodia_featured

Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson survey young Cambodian landscape photographers, via Creative Time Reports.

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Mali’s Era of Independence, in Photos

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Kouyate_FEATURED

An essay on Malian photographer Adama Kouyaté, via Creative Time Reports.

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On Travess Smalley’s Capture Physical Presence

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Smalley_04_FEATURED

Lorenzo Durantini discusses Travess Smalley’s productive yet challenging relationship to photography.

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Reflections On the Concrete Mirror

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Kulok_11_155_Couturier_FEATURED

Artist Barney Kulok considers the relationship between photography and architecture

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Luigi Ghirri: Kodachrome

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2013_05_01_LuigiGhirri-Kodachrome

Luigi Ghirri’s short written exposé on his sources for inspiration. This essay was included in Aperture’s 2008 volume It’s Beautiful Here, Isn’t It.