Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen
THE SOCHI PROJECT: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

Holiday resort
Holiday resort

Description: Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2009 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism,” establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated place before it finds itself in the glare of international media attention. As van Bruggen writes, “Never before have the Olympic Games been held in a region that contrasts more strongly with the glamour of the event than Sochi. Just twenty kilometers away is the…

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Josef Koudelka
Invasion 68 Prague

Invasion 68 Prague
Invasion 68 Prague

Description: In 1968 Josef Koudelka was thirty years old. He had committed himself to photography as a full-time career only recently, and had been chronicling the theater and the lives of Gypsies, but he had never photographed a news event. That all changed on the night of August 21, when Warsaw Pact tanks invaded the city of Prague, ending the short-lived political freedom in Czechoslovakia that came to be known as the Prague Spring. In the midst of the turmoil of the Soviet-led invasion, Koudelka took to the streets to document this critical moment. It was a major turning point…

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Richard Misrach
Throughlines by Kate Orff/SCAPE
Petrochemical America: Project Room

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PCA_thumbnail

Description: Petrochemical America represents a unique collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and landscape architect Kate Orff. It brings into focus the industrialized landscape of the Mississippi River Corridor that stretches from Baton Rouge to New Orleans—a place that first garnered attention as “Cancer Alley” because of unusually high reports of cancer and other diseases in the area. The Project Room exhibition reveals traces of their collaborative process and features Misrach’s haunting photographs of the region and Orff’s Ecological Atlas, a series of visual narratives, or “throughlines.” The dialogue between photograph and drawing begins to unpack complex economic and ecological forces…

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Martin Parr
Life’s a Beach

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Installation shot at Aperture Gallery, New York (credit: Photo315).
Installation shot at Aperture Gallery, New York (credit: Photo315).

In Life’s a Beach, one of Britain’s most beloved photographers takes us on a color-saturated journey through a place loved by all, the seaside, with its general absurdities and local quirks. Martin Parr has been photographing this subject for many decades, documenting all aspects of the tradition, including close-ups of sunbathers, rambunctious swimmers caught mid-plunge, and the eternal sandy picnic underway. His international career, in fact, could well be traced to the launch of The Last Resort, a 1986 book depicting the seaside resort of New Brighton, near Liverpool. What may be less known is that this obsession has led Parr to photograph beaches across the world. This exhibition presents photos of beachgoers on far-flung shores, including in Argentina, Brazil, China, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and of course, the U.K.

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Alex Webb
The Suffering of Light

The Suffering of Light
The Suffering of Light

Description: Gathering images from the far corners of the globe, The Suffering of Light is the most comprehensive exhibition ever shown in the United States charting the career of acclaimed American photographer Alex Webb. Recognized as a pioneer of American color photography, Webb has consistently created photographs characterized by intense color and light since the 1970s. His work, with its richly layered and complex composition, touches on multiple genres, including street photography, photojournalism, and fine art, but as Webb claims, “To me it all is photography. You have to go out and explore the world with a camera.” After tiring…

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The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

BOOKS
BOOKS

  Description: Initiated in November 2011,The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. This exhibition can include all three years of short-listed titles, with the categories of First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. There is something tremendously clarifying about looking over hundreds of new photobooks over the space of a few days; patterns emerge, revealing current thematic, design, and format trends. It has become evident that we have reached a highly sophisticated level of photobook production, in which there is a tremendous plurality of styles–from the…

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