Aperture: ‘Picturing Addiction’ Featuring Part Time BFA Faculty Member Graham MacIndoe

Picturing Addiction

Thursday, April 19

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall

55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, Room I-202, New York, NY


“Picturing Addiction” is a part of the Confounding Expectations lecture series, which is presented by Aperture Foundation, and the Photography Program of Parsons School of Design at The New School.

As the current opioid crisis continues to make national headlines, this panel brings together three photographers who are finding new ways of depicting addiction: Nina Berman‘s decades-long project looking at the trauma of addiction and the healing potential of collaborative art; Edwin J. Torres’s photographs that show the effects of synthetic marijuana in his own community; and Graham MacIndoe‘s nuanced yet powerful series of self-portraits and environments taken during the years he was addicted to heroin and crack. At a moment when 21 million Americans struggle with addiction, photography now plays a key role in shaping our understanding of this crisis. Moderated by Paul Moakley, deputy photo editor of Time, this panel offers ways in which we can further the conversation beyond what we already know—that America is dealing with its worst addiction epidemic yet.

Participating panelists include Nina BermanGraham MacIndoe, and Edwin J. Torres.

This program is supported in part, by the Grace Jones Richardson Trust and William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with additional support from generous individuals, including the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation.

The Fashion Image: A Conversation with Mario Sorrenti 

The Fashion Image: A Conversation with Mario Sorrenti
Moderated by Thomas Werner

Mario Sorrenti legendary fashion photographer will be joining Thomas Werner to discuss his career, creativity, and the changing business of fashion, publishing, and photography.
Date: February 1st, 2018

Location: The Tishman Auditorium at The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York

Event begins at: 7:00pm

The evening will be the formal launch of Thomas’ new book The Fashion Image, by Bloomsbury Publishing, London. Available on Amazon.com

Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk

If you are in the city, please join us! To attend register on Event Brite: https://tinyurl.com/y83pqdq2

You must be 18 or older to attend. ID required


Artist Talk: Daniel Gordon

Tuesday, October 10

6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore547 West 27th Street, 4th FloorNew York, NY


This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members.

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design, of The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Daniel Gordon. Gordon is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist who uses collage, sculpture, and photography to create fantastical portraits, nudes, and still lifes. Critics have drawn parallels between Gordon’s work and the paintings of artists such as Matisse and Cézanne, yet Gordon relies on the camera to ground his art. Photography transforms Gordon’s often fragile and ephemeral tableaux into works with solidity and permanence. Gordon has remarked that in his early work he was preoccupied with creating images that looked real, but he has since become less interested in mimicking reality. As something of a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein, Gordon revels in fragmentation and fracturing, the crumpling of paper and manipulation of colors; he draws attention to the fact that Photoshop is very much a part of his process. However, Gordon will never altogether cede his work to the computer, he explains: “Without seams and faults and limitations my project would be very different. The seamlessness of the ether is boring to me, but the materialization of that ether, I think, can be very interesting.”

Daniel Gordon (b. 1980, Boston; raised in San Francisco) earned a BA from Bard College in 2004, and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2006. His notable group exhibitions include New Photography 2009 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1. His work will be included in upcoming exhibitions at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida. He is the author of Still Lifes, Portraits, and Parts (2013), Flowers and Shadows (2011), and Flying Pictures (2009). He is the winner of the 2014 Foam Paul Huf Award, and exhibited his work in a solo exhibition at the Foam museum in 2014. Gordon is represented by James Fuentes in New York City and had his first exhibition with the gallery, titled New Canvas, in February 2017. He is the co-director of Downstairs Projects in Brooklyn, where he lives and works.

Tehran Streetstyle: A Conversation with Hoda Katebi, April 10

Iranian Fashion Blogger and Activist Hoda Katebi to speak at Parsons about her recently-published photo book Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever in-print collection of modern fashion photography from the streets of Tehran, Iran.

Tehran Streetstyle provides a visual introduction to the Iranian underground fashion scene and the young people who play active roles in shaping and defining it. This book presents an alternative view of Iranians by challenging mainstream Western notions of Iran and fashion as well as domestic government regulations.

Despite mandatory conservative governmental dress codes, the women and men photographed in Tehran Streetstyle creatively express their identities through fashion. They break countless laws in the process, risking arrest on a daily basis. Many of those photographed are fashion designers in Iran’s burgeoning underground slow fashion movement, actively creating provoking pieces while integrating traditional Iranian designs.

The photographs in this book reveal how Iranians are redefining the beauty standards of the global fashion industry, offering an inspirational alternative to the skin-bearing and tight-fitting clothes that dominate the Western fashion industry. Tehran Streetstyle reveals how a young generation of Iranians are taking control of their lives and challenging conservative norms at home and misrepresentation abroad, transforming their society in the process.

Author and photographer Hoda Katebi is a prominent activist fashion blogger and graduate of the University of Chicago whose research focuses on the underground fashion movement in Iran and the intersections of fashion, gender, and nation-hood. In 2013 she founded JooJoo Azad (www.joojooazad.com), an online platform dedicated to the integration of ethical fashion and activism through an anti-capitalist, intersectional-feminist, lens. Since then, Hoda’s work has been featured on various media outlets, including Teen Vogue, German RTL news, NPR, and the Malala Foundation blog. Her work focuses on the power of self-representation and narrative through fashion, writing, and photography; challenging misconceptions about Iran and Islam; encouraging an ethical and minimal lifestyle; and celebrating beauty that extends beyond that which is narrowly defined by mainstream media.

She will be speaking on Monday, April 10, at 6.45PM in Kellen Auditorium (66 Fifth Avenue, Ground Floor). This event is open to the public.

Reading The Pictures : Trump’s First 100 Days

Reading The Pictures, a web based educational and publishing organization dedicated to visual culture, visual literacy and media literacy through the analysis of news, documentary and social media images.
Reading the Pictures Salon is going to be analyzing what we can learn about the Trump presidency from photographs from the first 100 days.  The panelists are esteemed critics and photographers and other educators.
Anyone can join for the live event, but must first register for the event here (it’s free).

Aperture/Parsons Artist Talk: Tabitha Soren

Tabitha Soren, Motel pool, spring training, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2014; from Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream (Aperture, 2017)

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design, of The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Tabitha Soren. Soren’s work centers on the aesthetic quality of both internal feelings and the photographic process; from aggressive crashing waves to capturing the expressions of someone caught mid-run, Soren’s work touches on emotions—anxiety, bliss, hopeless ambitions, motivation to succeed—that we all often feel. The end product is a photograph of quiet beauty that often contains an underlying tension between viewer and photographer. The tactile nature of her work can be felt when she stretches the medium to a point of abstraction, as seen in her tintypes of baseball players and the marks made on screens left behind by unknown users. These simple acts, such as touching a screen, quickly become beautiful collages that hover between the space of photography and self-reflection.

Tuesday, April 4

7:00 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore547 West 27th Street, 4th FloorNew York, NY


This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

For more info visit the event page here

Photography Lecture: Paul Hill

April 12, 12.10-2.50PM
Wollman Hall, 65 W 11th St, New York, New York
This event is open to all students and faculty.

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On April 12th, British photographers Maria Falconer and Paul Hill, renowned author and educator will be presenting two projects. The first, Anon, came about when they both decided to volunteer in the refugee camps on the Greek Island of Lesvos and on the border of Greece and Macedonia. The title and their photographs reflect the anonymity and depersonalization of refugees who have had to flee their countries in the Middle East and North Africa to stay alive, literally, economically, and psychologically.

The other project, titled Empty Fantasies, looks at the remains of empty photographic sets. Fantasy and illusion have always gone hand in glove in photography since its inception in 1839. Photographers have created sets in their studios and even in today’s Photoshop world, man made sets of illusion are still in photographers’ studios, because the physical nature of these spaces are still essential in the world of glamour photography in particular.

When empty, these sets seem strange and eerie, even surreal. What slices of reality are they mimicking – and for what purpose are they used? The photographs of Falconer and Hill hint at their purpose, and combined with the quotes of the users, (photographers and models) record another reality. The tension between those words and their photographs only serves to reflect how important fantasies are to our lives and how parallel universes are more tolerable than the ones we live in.