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A dynamic mix of photographic work exploring questions of queer identity.
This edition of Aperture
presents a mix of new photographic work exploring questions of queer identity, as well as past figures and projects that are the subject of new research and curatorial work.
In the Words section, Critic Vince Aletti
, art historian Richard Meyer
, and photographer Catherine Opie
reflect on the term queer and its relationship with photography; Hal Fischer
discusses his project Gay Semiotics with Julia Bryan-Wilson
; Sophie Hackett
revisits Joan E. Biren's
seminal "Dyke Show"; Shannon Michael Cane
on queer independent publishing and zine culture; Philip Gefte
r on his discovery of Sam Wagstaff's
never-before-seen photography and what it reveals about his storied relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe
; and South African photographer Zanele Muholi
speaks with Deborah Willis
about her ongoing project to make her country's LGBTQ community visible.
The Pictures section features William J. Simmons
on Jimmy DeSana's
work from the late 1970s; Senam Okudzeto
on Lyle Ashton Harris's
projects addressing colonial history and homophobia in Ghana; Stephanie H. Tung
on Ren Hang
, a rising star of contemporary Chinese photography who creates provocative imagery; Kevin Moore
on the queer dimension of David Benjamin Sherry's
colorful images of the American landscape, which reference icons of modernist photography; Andy Campbell
on K8 Hardy's
performance-based photography; Sophie M rner
on trans photographer Nitzan Krimsky's
poignant self-documentation; Ana Finel Honigman
on Dean Sameshima's
images created with appropriated vintage pornographic imagery; Dean Daderko
on A.L. Steiner's
antic and political photo-collages and installations; and Eva Respini
considers Mark Morrisroe's
fervent self-portraiture made during the 1980s.