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August Sander/Boris Mikhailov












1929 © August Sander / 2008 © Boris Mikhailov

Exhibition on view:
March 22–May 5, 2012

Pace/MacGill Gallery
32 E 57th Street
New York City, NY
(212) 759-7999

Two seminal practitioners of the camera are side-by-side in Pace/MacGill’s current exhibition, German Portraits.

From 1910 through 1956, documentary photographer August Sander, strove to make a visual index of the population classifying Germany’s most conventional groups: The Farmer, The Skilled Tradesman, The Woman, Classes and Professions, The Artist, The City, and The Last People. This monumental project turned into the masterpiece, People of the 20th Century, featuring over 600 images. Twenty portraits by Sander will be shown in this exhibition, each striking a rare symmetry of the individual and an illustration of the archetype, forming a sincere social portrait of the time.

Ukrainian-born Boris Mikhailov has photographed Germany’s middle class. Nearly a century after August Sander, Mikhailov focuses on the distinct appearance of the individual and the transmission of physical traits from parents to offspring. He captures his subjects against a dark backdrop, taken in profile, inviting us to contemplate line and form and what it means to be German in a literal and physical sense.

Mikhailov is featured in Aperture issues 190 and 158. Aperture also published August Sander: Masters of Photography.



Playpen by Roger Ballen

















Room of the Ninja Turtles, 2003, © Roger Ballen

Exhibition on view:
March 22–May 11, 2012

North-West University Gallery
Potchefstroom Campus
548 West 28 St
018 299 4341

Playpen by Roger Ballen is a compilation of over thirty years of documentation of children, the environments they inhabit, their toys, and drawings. These images, a new body of work, Asylum, and an installation constructed specifically for the gallery will be exhibited at North-West University. Ballen’s Playpen explores photography as an art form as it takes on painterly yet sculptural roles and interacts with the viewers own childhood memories and adolescent dreams.

Children’s faces hidden by masks and crude wall drawings eerily linger throughout the black and white images by the South African photographer.

Ballen is featured in Aperture issues 201 and 173. His work also appears in The New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture, 2011).

Guy Tillim: Second Nature

Tautira, Tahiti (4510702), 2010, © Guy Tillim

Exhibition on view:
Through March 17, 2012

James Harris Gallery
312 2nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
(206) 903-6220

South African photographer Guy Tillim is appearing in his first solo exhibition in the United States at the James Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA. Second Nature synthesizes the beauty of the French Polynesian landscape and discerning art historical references such as Paul Gauguin’s Tahitian ‘primitive’ paintings.

Tillim has deviated from his background documenting the effects of South Africa’s apartheid, child soldiers, famine, death, and decay. He now provides us with idealistic, romantic views of sprawling landscapes bestrewn with a contemporary human presence contradictory to the environment. Panoramic views and day-to-day minutiae make up this exhibition of six, large-scale photographs.

A book of these photographs titled Second Nature will be published by Prestel.

Tillim was featured in Aperture issue 193.

Paul Graham Wins 2012 Hasselblad Award

A1-29 (A1-The Great North Road), 1982, © Paul Graham

Photographer Paul Graham has been named the 2012 recipient of the Hasselblad Award, the first British photographer to win the prominent international prize.

Graham, hailing from Buckinghamshire, is a pioneer of color documentary photography in 1980’s Britain, influencing successive generations of young photographers. Self-taught, he grew up studying the works of American pioneers, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Paul Strand. A-1 The Great Road North, a color series shot along the British motorway and Beyond Caring, a string of photographs shot in unemployment offices, were projects that brought Graham to critical and international acclaim in the early 80’s.

More recently, Graham’s work has become purposely abstruse as he challenges preconceived notions of the ‘style’ of documentary photography. The most exaggerated example is American Night. The series, shot in 2003, explores social and racial issues of the United States through over-exposed images that appear almost invisible. “The photography I most respect pulls something out of the ether of nothingness,” Graham states. American Night is featured in Graham’s body of work that is a part of the exhibition trilogy, The Present, now being exhibited at the Pace/MacGill gallery in New York City.

With the acceptance of this award, Graham joins the ranks of noted past winners and Aperture published photographers, Robert Adams, William Eggleston, and Nan Goldin.

Graham discusses his career and fresh photography in Aperture issue 199.

J.H. Engström Awarded World’s Best Book Award

Three untitled prints from Trying to Dance portfolio © J.H. Engström/Aperture

Last month, renowned Swedish photographer J.H. Engström was awarded the Goldene Letter first prize in the Stiftung Buchkunst Best Book Design From All Over the World competition, the Frankfurt-based art foundation’s annual review.  His book La résidence was selected by an independent international jury from a pool of 540 photo books from 31 countries. They call it “a fascinating, eye-opening book – interaction without anything having to be plugged in.”

La résidence is comprised of 29 snapshot-like triptych gatefolds interspersed with his typically restrained pictorials on borderless double-page spreads and brief bursts of diary comments. The selection committee writes:

Nothing dramatic takes place, no lessons are being taught – but as each sequence elicits greater curiosity, for the spectator, browsing and folding his or her way through the pages, a personal individual story emerges, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

Engström has been featured in an interview with Anders Petersen in Aperture issue 198. Aperture Foundation also presents a limited edition print and portfolio.

“CDG/JHE #41, 2006″ from the series CDG/JHE © J.H. Engström/Aperture

The haunting, painterly print “CDG/ JHE #41, 2006,” originally featured in Aperture magazine issue 190, shows his efforts at capturing the atmosphere and ambiance of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, where much of his childhood was spent, and which he calls a “fantasy landscape”. The series from which it comes, CDG/JHE, “provides an almost abstract definition of the existential homelessness and displacement that is at the heart of J.H. Engström’s work—the source of its tenderness and beauty, as well as its power to unsettle,” writes Martin Jaeggi in his commentary for Aperture.

Three other untitled prints are available as part of the Trying to Dance Portfolio, a selection from the series which comprises a photojournalistic ‘diary’ of his life: landscapes, still-lives, self-portraits, and snapshots of friends produce a loose narrative, recording not only the artist’s individual experiences, but a sensitive and provocative engagement with the world at large.

Engström’s tendency to utilize small moments in the construction of wide-reaching narratives is recurring in much of his work.



Found: Katherine Wolkoff

American Kestral, 2011, Katherine Wolkoff

Exhibition on view:
March 8April 28, 2012

Sasha Wolf Gallery
548 West 28 St
New York, NY
(212) 925-0025

Cause of death: flew into a lighthouse, death by cat, death by telephone wire. The origin of death to the birds of Block Island is recorded by infatuated gatherer Elizabeth Dickens. She finds, stuffs, and lives with these perished animals. article writing submission . Photographer Katherine Wolkoff befriended Dickens and began photographing her taxidermies. The images are inherently proper and documentary though they reveal a particular affection for the subject matter. The proposed silhouette displays how a birdwatcher identifies the species in the wild. Stark white backgrounds, jet black surfaces, and a hint of back-lighting suggest an intimate relationship between the viewer and the bird offering another existence underneath the lifeless figure.

The exhibition titled, Found will be presented by the Sasha Wolf Gallery.

Wolkoffs series After the Storm, documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was featured in Aperture issue 184.

Celestial at CCNY

Modern Day Halo #3, 2011, © Brea Souders

Exhibition on view:
January 20–March 3, 2012

The Camera Club of New York
The Arts Building
336 West 37th Street, Suite 206
New York, NY
(212) 260-9927

The Camera Club of New York presents Celestial, an exhibition arranged by guest curator Mark Alice Durant. Five photographic artists extend their views of our universe and the supernatural. The endless splendor of earth and space is researched and resolved through different sentiments and media: black and white photography, collage, charcoal drawings on negatives, film and performance.

The artists embrace imagination to represent the simplest and the most dramatic of celestial events. Intermediary substances are used, sprinkled across photographic paper, mimicking stars and constellations. Photograms and pinhole cameras are also utilized, representative of the capable nature of the photographic process, even through the most rudimentary of means.

Mark Alice Durant is an artist, writer, and curator. Durant’s photography has appeared in Aperture issue 199 and has contributed writing for issues 203, 196, and 195.

Exhibition on view:
January 20–March 3, 2012 

The Camera Club of New York
The Arts Building
336 West 37th Street, Suite 206
New York, NY

(212) 260-9927

Two Parts of Sam Falls

© Sam Falls

Opening reception:
Saturday, February 18, 2012
6:00–8:00 pm

Exhibition on view:
February 18–March 31, 2012

612 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, California
(310) 550-0050

China Art Objects
6086 Comey Ave
Los Angeles, California
(323) 965-2264

New work by Sam Falls is featured in a two-part exhibition with M+B and China Art Objects in Los Angeles. Falls’ painted photographs, works on paper, and sculpture are constantly changing, aging, and embody the persistence of time.

Falls uses the photographic process combined with sculptural and painterly materials to exaggerate constant variables such as light and weather. He photographed fabric-draped houses in Joshua Tree, California. The fabric, exposed to the sun, fades with imprints of light. After documenting, he digitally manipulates these images, prints, and paints over them. Falls is able to pause, re-start, and mimic reality. He produces not only an image but a new object, formed over time.

His painted works on linen and colored aluminum and steel sculptures are also intensely representative of signs of life present in inanimate objects. Their responses to the exposure of heat and weathering generate decay and development. Colors and materials tie Falls’ pieces together which serve as an affirmation of time and the life and death of his own artworks.

Falls is featured in Aperture issue 205.