Death of a ValleyOctober 2015
In 1953, California sacrificed a town to stave its own thirst. But the act was futile, and the state is thirstier than ever.
Scenes From the End of the WorldSeptember 2015
The writer and photographer on their first book collaboration, the connection between Hollywood blockbusters and climate change, and how “shared terror” can make us feel less alone.
Breaking the SilenceAugust 2015
Zanele Muholi’s stirring portraits of South Africa’s LGTBQI community.
I Share, Therefore I AmJuly 2015
Artist Mónika Sziládi examines the digital self.
Bo Wang: Doric Columns in ChongqingJune 2015
Jacob Kiernan interviews the filmmaker on his upcoming project in Hong Kong, dislodged cultural identity, and the evolution of wedding photography in China.
A Failure of MemoryJune 2015
Three photographs chronicle the devastation surrounding the war against apartheid in South Africa.
Shifting StatesMay 2015
What can two portraits of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, taken three decades apart, tell us about Nigeria’s political climate?
Andrew Rose: Capturing Reality and Erasing MemoryMay 2015
On the sublime in Sally Mann, the painful reminders of Nan Goldin, and the impossibility of understanding the past.
Jesus DaysMay 2015
A photographer's images of a contented but closeted youth.
Slowly, and With Much ExpressionFebruary 2015
Alec Soth’s Songbook.
Before the EclipseJanuary 2015
The photographer’s recent images of Havana.
Rebecca Solnit: Las Vegas and the Global Casino We Call Wall StreetDecember 2014
The new Las Vegas invites you to defy or deny outright the desert that the old Vegas celebrated.
The Self-Portraits of Samuel FossoNovember 2014
Examining identity through costume, impersonation, and performance.
Roslyn Bernstein: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s “New York: Assembled Realities”October 2014
Liao’s panoramic images of the city appear to be documentary. In fact, nothing is true.
Rachel Somerstein: The Selective Memory of 9/11 IconographySeptember 2014
Photos are how we remember. The 9/11 images we no longer see are growing gaps in our collective memory.
Outlaw’s TerritorySeptember 2014
Disregarding Hunter S. Thompson’s advice, Danny Lyon set off to “record and glorify the life of the American bikerider.”
Rocco Samuele: Contexts Have ShiftedApril 2014
At the intersection of JR in Cincinnati & Susan Sontag’s On Photography.
Fawz Kabra: On Jowhara AlSaud’s Dual CensorshipJanuary 2014
Free Expression: A studio visit shows how the photographer obscures her images in order to reveal.
Roslyn Bernstein: Everything GrowsJanuary 2014
Inside Wangechi Mutu’s A Fantastic Journey.
Jonathan Lee: Scott Cohen’s Unfinished BalladDecember 2013
A photographer who understands Nabokov’s assertion that “imagination is a form of memory," that as human beings we are forever recreating our own lives.
Edward Burtynsky’s WaterNovember 2013
The landscape of human impact.
Two RiversOctober 2013
The photographer’s new book defies borders and conventions in central Asia.
Roslyn Bernstein: Walker Evans’s American PhotographsAugust 2013
At the Museum of Modern Art, Evans’s iconic photographs are seen in a new, fuller context.
What RemainsAugust 2013
In Syria, a photographer captures his subjects' pleas for normal life against the backdrop of the war-weary landscape.
Radical TransgenderismMay 2013
Bronx-born, Puerto Rican photographer Elle Pérez explores queer identity in rural Tennessee.
Kirsten O’Regan: These Dark HistoriesApril 2013
A profile of photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, whose exhibition A Haunted Capital is at the Brooklyn Museum through August.
Trompe l’oeilsApril 2013
The multiform artist creates mixed-material worlds from ceramics, drawing, and photography.
Chloe Pantazi: Detritus of InnocenceApril 2013
"We Went Back: Photographs from Europe, 1933 - 1956": Chim at the International Center of Photography
Who’s Got the Address?March 2013
Amitava Kumar and Teju Cole collaborate on an ekphrastic project exploring how Cole’s paired images intersect with the works of artists ranging from Sontag to Singh.
Roslyn Bernstein: The Photography of Allen GinsbergFebruary 2013
The best minds of a generation captured on a thirteen-dollar Kodak Retina.
Nafeesa Syeed: Yemen’s Explosive EidJanuary 2013
Holiday celebrations in a Yemeni village defy the country’s reputation.
Anne McClintock: Too Big to See with the Naked EyeDecember 2012
Aerial photos from Greenland take climate change out of the realm of abstraction.
Erika Anderson: On the TracksDecember 2012
Ki-Suck Han's death on a New York City subway track has the city asking what would I do? One writer examines death in public, how the MTA handles trauma, and what it feels like to be an onlooker.
‘Superstorm’ Sandy and Acting Like a JournalistNovember 2012
Guernica’s art editor, Noah Rabinowitz, and photographer John Francis Peters discuss what they saw while working on and off assignment in the days after Hurricane Sandy.
Joseph Gergel: Nigerian Nostalgia ProjectNovember 2012
A massive collection of pre-digital photography shows a nation in transition—and manages bring Facebook-level connectivity into a gallery space.
Medina Dugger: Images from UndergroundNovember 2012
Young Lagosian photographers examine the corners of their city that often go unseen.
Rose Lichter-Marck: Circling the SeaOctober 2012
A photographer explores an accidental sea in the desert, and a romance—both very much in flux—and returns with this meditation on transformation, control, and the truths we can learn from geology.
Roslyn Bernstein: Okwui Enwezor Traces the Struggle of ApartheidOctober 2012
A visit with the curator of “Rise and Fall of Apartheid” shows how photographers revealed South Africans’ struggles to the world.
Intimate SpaceOctober 2012
Kelly K. Jones’s work explores the boundary between documentary and conceptual ways of image making.
The Edge EffectSeptember 2012
Equipped with a mirror, painter's easel, a camera, and his formal training in biology, scientist-turned-artist Daniel Kukla explores where the low Sonoran Desert meets the high Mojave.
Ben Mason: Diane Arbus’s No Man’s LandSeptember 2012
In Berlin, the photographer’s fascination with separation and unity has unexpected resonance.
Hipstamatic RevolutionSeptember 2012
Avoiding the simplistic narratives of Afro-pessimism and Afro-optimism, photographer Peter diCampo uses photo-apps to represent everyday Africa.
Think Different.August 2012
Daniel Shea's series “Blisner, Ill.” portrays the crises of titanic mythologies.
Erik Wennermark: You Are Small and You Will DieJuly 2012
Cambodia’s temples—Angkor Wat, Pre Rup, and Beng Maelea—invite reflections on land mines, Buddhism, and photography.
The Rappers of RutshuruJuly 2012
Making music in war-torn Eastern Congo
Glenna Gordon: Andrea Stultiens’s Images of EmptinessJuly 2012
Photos of empty performance spaces in Lagos capture the spirit of Fela Kuti's famous nightclub and strip back the chaos of one of the world's busiest cities.
Primeval SuperstitionsJuly 2012
Exploring minority religions in Poland, Katarzyna Majak’s images probe prejudice against witchery, questions of aging, and feminine divinity.
Photographer Julien Chatelin’s images capture Egypt’s surreal and absurd rural landscape; a road that leads to nowhere.
Jessica Porter: A Curator’s Look at Katarzyna Majak’s Women of PowerJune 2012
Haniya Rae interviews Jessica Porter on the process of curating artist Katarzyna Majak's new photography exhibition, 'Women of Power.'
Photography and Other TruthsMay 2012
South Africa's Pieter Hugo on negotiating representations of Africa, the searing controversy surrounding his work, Nick Cave, and his friend the late Tim Hetherington.
Elizabeth Greenwood: Weegee’s New YorkMay 2012
'Murder is My Business,' an exhibition of Weegee's gritty photographs, opens at the International Center for Photography.
One to NothingApril 2012
Irina Rozovsky contends with questions of how land, identity, and conflict can be identified into two-dimensional form.
Candace Feit: Order in the Loud and DirtyMarch 2012
Candace Feit on her work exploring loneliness and solitude among fishermen in Tamil Nadu, on India’s south coast.
Katie Ryder: Cindy Sherman and Her VisitorsMarch 2012
Cindy Sherman-esque conversations overheard at the Cindy Sherman MOMA exhibit.
Last Days of the Space ShuttleMarch 2012
Photographer Philip Scott Andrews intimately documents the final flights of the Space Shuttle
Desperate IntentionsFebruary 2012
Alone together in the metropolis
7 RoomsJanuary 2012
In Russian, a language in which there is a separate word for everything, the word “country” means both the territory and the government.
Other People’s ClothesJanuary 2012 Clothes make a life.
Studio Visit: Wardell MilanDecember 2011 Artist Wardell Milan on dioramas, Matchbox villages and riffing on Ralph Ellison.
Lagos Photo FestivalDecember 2011 A selection of work from the 2011 Lagos Photo Festival by forty photographers from around the world.
Picturing AfricaDecember 2011 Lagos Photo Festival founder Azu Nwagbogu on combating Afro-pessimism, the dialogue between Africa and the West, and depicting the “other Africa” of industry and intellect.
The Land of OśNovember 2011
The grandson of a Holocaust survivor visits the town that was home to Auschwitz.
Cockettes’ CuspNovember 2011 In these photographs, a series of linked histories are forced together in Utah’s deserted Bonneville Salt Flats.
The Kaddu Wasswa ArchiveSeptember 2011 An exploration of a Ugandan man’s legacy.
Simulating IraqAugust 2011
Imagining the war before the war.
A series of photographs in which, under hypnosis, subjects are instructed to experience the most beautiful landscape imaginable.
Self StudyJuly 2011 In each image I’ve incorporated myself twice, once as the Iranian and once as the American.
People of the CloudsJuly 2011 In the mountains of rural Mexico, a photographer documents the space between staying and going.
Seeing DoubleJuly 2011 Two photographers illuminate the effects of migration in a rural village and one's own body.
Off the GridJune 2011 A photographer and former Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana observes the beauty of the dark and the politics of electricity. (With video.)
Chernobyl ZoneJune 2011 There’s something almost magical about the zone. Nature grows exuberantly, wild animals reproduce. There are even people living in Chernobyl.
FieldworkMay 2011 Since 1997, I have spent several months each year living alongside biologists in the rainforests of Peru, Brazil, French Guyana, and Costa Rica. As an artist I am attracted to the idea that when I am working in a rainforest, I am a “visual researcher.”
Urban ForagingMay 2011 I am drawn to this raw urban landscape, which hovers between collapse and regeneration, decay and possibility.
The Idea of NorthMarch 2011 For ages, the idea of the North has fascinated scientists, adventurers, writers, and artists. In 2008 our award-winning photographer spent three months in the Yukon territory documenting the people and scenic beauty.
Japão/JapanMarch 2011 A day in the life of an empty city.
To Conquer Her LandFebruary 2011 The few women in the Indian army are battling not only against their country’s enemies but also against poverty, patriarchy, and loneliness.
John Patrick Leary: Further Reading for “Detroitism”January 2011
|Leary, author of this issue’s “Detroitism,” offers reading recommendations for putting together Detroit’s story, as well as the increasingly-familiar story of urban America in an era of prolonged economic crisis.|
Babel TalesDecember 2010 Photographs of the human relations (or the lack thereof) in big cities.
The City is a PlaygroundNovember 2010 In forgotten, rundown places, beauty can be found right around the corner.
Painted Flowers and Other PhotographsNovember 2010 When you face immobilizing questions of death and free will, what other possibilities are there than turning to religion?
The grand mental institutions of the nineteenth century long ago emptied of all inhabitants, but their skeletons still mark our psychic and physical landscape.
Torture of WomenSeptember 2010 From Sumerian creation myths to Amnesty International reports, a silent consensus allows violence to be state-sanctioned and eternally mythologized.
My Father’s WarAugust 2010 A photographer combines her father’s musings of daily life in basic training with WWII itself.
Built on SandJuly 2010 Egypt’s museums’ grandiose displays reveal and mold the identity of this most ancient of countries.
Fish-Work, Bering SeaJuly 2010 A photographer chronicles his career as a commercial fisherman, a career he both romanticizes and loathes.
Kitintale SkateboardersJune 2010 Faced with a lack of concrete, these Ugandan skateboarders took matters into their own hands and built what was likely the first skatepark in East Africa.
Cruel Story of YouthApril 2010 Nestled in the mountains of Massachusetts is Rowe Camp, a summer utopia self-governed by teens.
Among the SámiApril 2010 I came here to understand the primal drive of the modern hunter, writes photographer Erica Larsen, and to find a people who, when the land speaks, can interpret its language.
101 BillionairesMarch 2010 At the beginning of 2008, the list of the richest Russians contained 101 billionaires; a magical number that for the time being will not be matched. These photographs document a very different Russia.
In Conversation: Lucas Blalock and Talia ChetritMarch 2010 Images of electrical cords. Mirrors. Eggs. Glass. Objects from the “Amazing Savings” thrift store down the street. All driven by the question, “What can a photograph be?”
PhotographsMarch 2010 Guest edited by Shane Lavalette, these photographs are driven by the question, “What can a photograph be?”
Guest edited by Shane Lavalette, these photographs are driven by the question, “What can a photograph be?”