Aperture – Celebrations


Aperture 246 – Spring 2022


This spring, Aperture magazine presents “Celebrations,” an issue that considers how photographs envision ceremonies, festivities, and the exuberance of everyday life.


Throughout the issue, photographers portray exuberance against a backdrop of political strife in Beirut, pursue the thrill of wanderlust, excavate family histories, and respond to the powerful, constant urge to gather. Whether in Kinshasa’s vibrant nightlife of the 1950s and ’60s or London’s sweaty dance floors of our era, where jubilation carries on, despite an ongoing, and unpredictable, pandemic.


In “Celebrations,” Lynne Tillman contributes a survey of landmark images of celebration through the years, from Malick Sidibé and Peter Hujar to LaToya Ruby Frazier. Several profiles and essays—including Alistair O’Neill on Jamie Hawkesworth, Moeko Fuiji on Rinko Kawauchi, Tiana Reid on Shikeith, Mona El Tahawy on Miriam Boulos, and Anakwa Dwamena on Marilyn Nance’s views of Lagos, Nigeria during FESTAC 77—reveal the celebratory gestures embedded in vibrant portraiture, serene slants of light, unbound queer desire, and joyous cross-cultural exchange.


Format: Paperback / softback

23.5 cm x 30 cm

ISBN: 9781597115247

Publication date: 2022-03-08
Published by Aperture



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