Aperture - Issue 239

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Few works have impacted the world of photography like Nan GoldinThe Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Published by Aperture in 1986, The Ballad retains an uncommon power with its unflinching portrayal of friends, lovers, and relationships—a dramatic opera of joy and despair. This summer, Aperture magazine returns to an iconic work with Ballads, a special issue featuring an exclusive interview with Goldin as well as a section curated by the artist dedicated to her influences. 

Agenda: Exhibitions to See 
Marion Palfi, Trevor PaglenPhoto / Brut, Working Together 

Brian Wallis on Leonard Freed and the New York police 

Day Jobs 
Nicole Acheampong on Ming Smith as a beauty model 

Eva Díaz on womens hands and the labor of editing 

Object Lessons 
David Wojnarowiczs One Day This Kid1990 

The Ballad of Nan Goldin 
The legendary photographer reflects on art, addiction, and activism 
A Conversation with Darryl Pinckney 

The Original Ballad 
The making of a groundbreaking photobook 
Marvin Heiferman in Conversation with Elle Pérez 

Speeding Along the Edge 
Jack Pierson, Mark Morrisroe, and the search for a queer utopia 
by Evan Moffitt 

The Evocative Years 
Libuše Jarcovjákovás vivid chronicle of Pragues subcultures 
by Alistair ONeill 

A Fold in Time 
David Wojnarowicz and the radical archives of the Fales Library  
by Olivia Laing 

Out of Sheer Rage  
How can art and film become forms of protest? 
by Lauren ONeill-Butler 

A World Without Men 
The Japanese photographers who dared to be girly 
by Moeko Fujii 

Film Studies 
Nan Goldins imprint on cinema and television 
by Rebecca Bengal 

Surface Tension 
In fashion images, a quest for the truth 
by Lou Stoppard 

Feast for My Eyes 
A pantheon of influences by Nan Goldin  

Pablo Bartholomew 
Introduction by Skye Arundhati Thomas 

Sunny Suits 
Introduction by Jesse Dorris 

Daragh Soden 
Introduction by Colin Barrett 

Liz Johnson Artur 
Introduction by Kareem Reid 

Abdul Kircher 
Introduction by Lovia Gyarkye 

Clifford Prince King 
Introduction by Marjon Carlos 

Introduction by Xuan Juliana Wang 


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