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Aperture magazine - issue 252 - Reading Room


Aperture / 252


“Accra,” guest edited by the New York–based artist Lyle Ashton Harris and the Accra-based photographer and educator Nii Obodai, considers the Ghanaian capital as a site of dynamic photographic voices and histories that connect visual culture in West Africa to the world.




Alfredo Boulton, A Window Suddenly Opens, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Immersion



Elizabeth A. Kessler on how the James Webb Space Telescope envisions the cosmos



Kim Bell on the afterlife of a nineteenth-century assassin



Tin Htet Paing on the artists working under Myanmar’s oppressive military regime



Mimi Plumb on the Clash, Larry Sultan, and the Mission District in San Francisco



Ghana Becomes You

Zohra Opoku’s evocative reflections on mortality and resilience

A Conversation with Ekow Eshun


Image Bank

The archives illuminating a nation’s past

Kobby Ankomah Graham


Ghana Obscura

For artists and writers, the return to a land where history was made

Anakwa Dwamena


The Correspondent

How Gerald Annan-Forson documented Ghana’s postindependence transformations

Jesse Weaver Shipley


Why We Went Out

The elusive spaces for queer expression

Chiké Frankie Edozien


A Library for the Future

How Paul Ninson built a center for photobooks

Ama Benewaa Tawiah


The Door of Memory

John Akomfrah on telling stories about migration and belonging

A Conversation with Vanessa Peterson and Lyle Ashton Harris



The Society

A portrait of Accra’s leadership by Lyle Ashton Harris

Senam Okudzeto


Postbox Ghana

Rediscovering architectural heritage through picture postcards

Kuukuwa O. Manful


Sunday Special

Carlos Idun-Tawiah’s retro-inspired views of youth and style

Nana Oforiatta Ayim


Early Risers

For Kay Kwabia, the poetry of everyday scenes

Lovia Gyarkye


Beauty Lives in Nima

Fibi Afloe highlights the graceful fashion in one Accra neighborhood

Amy Sall


Makola’s Market Queens

Misper Apawu’s portraits of traders and sellers

Nana Ama Agyemang Asante


Double Double

Lloyd Foster’s kinetic photo-sculptures

Nicole Acheampong



The PhotoBook Review

A conversation with the publisher Stanley/Barker, Salamishah Tillet on the history of Black studio photographers—and a selection of recent photobooks



Six questions for Kwame Anthony Appiah




Aperture magazine, founded in 1952 and based in New York City, is an international quarterly journal specializing in photography. It features photographs by established and emerging photographers, as well as artists experimenting with photo related media. Each issue is usually themed and includes writings by critics, scholars, photography practitioners, and others involved in the field of photography.