Aperture's Best Photography Features of 2021

From Judith Joy Ross’s timeless portraits to the “photobook phenomenon,” here are this year's highlights in photography and ideas.

This year, we celebrated photography in New York and New Delhi, revisited Judith Joy Ross’s timeless portraits, considered the “photobook phenomenon,” and asked how images can tell new stories about Latinx identity.
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1000 Words | Top 10 Photobooks of 2021

As the year draws to a close, an annual tribute to some of the exceptional photobook releases from 2021 – selected by Editor in Chief, Tim Clark, with words from Assistant Editor, Alex Merola.

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1000 Words | Top 10 Photobooks of 2021

As the year draws to a close, an annual tribute to some of the exceptional photobook releases from 2021 – selected by Editor in Chief, Tim Clark, with words from Assistant Editor, Alex Merola.

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Publisher's Spotlight: Kehrer Verlag - LENSCRATCH

This month is all about books on Lenscratch. In order to understand the contemporary photo book landscape, we are interviewing and celebrating significant photography book publishers, large and small, who are elevating photographs on the page through desi

Kehrer Verlag is among the world’s leading publishers of photo books. Founded in 1995 by Klaus Kehrer, it is also one of the few independent publishing houses in Germany. In addition to photography, further focal points include contemporary art, art of the 17th through the 20th centuries, and international sound art.
 Over the years, numerous Kehrer publications have been nominated for and honored with international book awards. Under the same roof as the publishing house, the Kehrer Design team looks after the entire production chain of the publications. Each book is the unique result of close cooperation with the respective partners: photographers, artists, authors, museums, and cultural institutions. The connecting element is the high creative and technical quality of Made in Germany.
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Has America been pushed Beyond Repair?

Photographer Ken Light spent ten years crisscrossing America for his latest book, Course of the Empire. He came of age in the 1960s and believed in America. But after a decade photographing the country, the state of America and the stories of those he met

‘Vivian Maier Developed,’ an Intimate Biography of a Very Private Photographer

Ann Marks’s biography is a fascinating overview of the “photographer nanny” whose work has kept critics, lawyers and scholars busy since it was discovered after her death in 2009.

If a picture were still worth a thousand words, we’d know more than enough by now about Vivian Maier, the so-called photographer nanny whose vast trove of images was discovered piecemeal and not fully processed, in all senses of the word, after her death at 83 in 2009, just as the iPhone was going wide.

A Photographer Revisits the Book That Taught Her About Dying

Inspired by an antique photo collection called “Wisconsin Death Trip,” Alessandra Sanguinetti went in search of her own American gothic.

When the photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti was growing up in Argentina during the nineteen-seventies, her mother kept on the coffee table a copy of “Wisconsin Death Trip,” a collection of photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by Charles Van Schaick. Made in the Wisconsin city of Black River Falls, they included studio portraits of elderly residents with worn faces and worn boots, images of large families outside small clapboard houses, and several postmortem portrayals of infants laid out in their coffins. “It was my first encounter with mortality—I remember thinking, I am going to die,” Sanguinetti recalled recently. “The book also introduced me to the idea that history is subjective. I had never seen history this way before. It had always been facts. It had always been dates. It had never been a mood, a feeling.”

The Year in Pictures 2021

While many people, fearing the virus, continued to stay close to home, photographers traveled the world, documenting the world’s turmoil and triumphs.

The year 2021 opened with the promise of vaccines, and the belief that we would all return to “normal” after the tumultuous year of the pandemic. But the year instead took off with an insurrection in the U.S. Capitol, and saw a summer of carefree gatherings derailed by a fast-spreading virus. Governments fell, democracies were challenged, and climate-related destruction was unleashed, all while the casualties of the pandemic continued to amass. The vaccine saved some lives, but human passions, hopes and fears did their usual work to create a year that was anything but calm, and is ending with the prospect of a new variant upending plans once again.

2021 - A review of visual tech - Kaptur

If visual tech experienced a landmark year, 2021 could be it.

Within its half-open, half-closed status, 2021 will be remembered as a transition year: A melting pot between ending lockdowns, rising vaccines and masks mandates, new variants, ending and restarting restrictions. But if anything, it did nothing to slow down the pace of online innovation—quite the opposite. If visual tech experienced a landmark year, 2021 could be it.

Favorite Photobooks of 2021 - Compiled by LensCulture Editors | LensCulture

39 curators, artists, editors and other photography experts reveal their personal favorite photobooks from 2021 — a delightfully diverse list of great recommendations

This list is testimony to the unwavering creativity of artists, designers and publishers across the world who made this year a great one for new photobooks. To find some gems, we reached out to curators, artists, editors and other photography experts, and asked for their personal favorites of the year. We were delighted to receive 39 heart-felt recommendations that range from meditative and poetic, to academic, novelistic, visionary, conceptual, and those that feel absolutely essential.
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