New Photobooks to Read

From representations of the body to Hopper-esque images of the American landscape, these new releases are curated to inform and inspire.

A Luminous Horizon

Jordan Pope’s images use colours as a way to express emotions, creating dreamy hillsides at the rise and fall of the day.

Pennsylvania Transformed

Chris Hytha grew up in a small town suburb outside of Philadelphia, fascinated by the city and its urban pull. His images build a surreal narrative.

The August / September Issue

Now is the time. This modest sentence is the driving force behind the new issue. It’s a phrase that is bold and empowering. It is a call to action.

10 Quotes: Contemporary Artists

Aesthetica compiles insights from 10 leading names working today – exploring the importance of creativity, and what “art” means to them.

UK Shows to See this Summer

Museums and galleries are starting to reopen across the UK, with safety measures in place. Aesthetica highlights recommended shows to visit.

Intimate Portraiture

Zanele Muholi is a visual activist who reclaims the lens, providing a platform for black lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex individuals.

Vivid Depiction

Yannis Davy Guibinga’s pronounced photographs are part of an expansive conversation about the representation of Africa and its wider diaspora.

Playful Combinations

Ulaş Kesebir & Merve Türkan utilise bold primary colours and minimal sets, using draping materials and block furniture to subvert domestic spaces.

Nocturnal Exploration

The seventh edition of Next Generation, an annual feature showcasing new photography graduates from the London College of Communication.

Sense of Connection

Julia Fullerton-Batten’s latest series, Looking Out From Within, was shot over the last few months of lockdown across London neighbourhoods.

Modes of Iconography

With the role of the selfie, how has portraiture changed? Is any idea authentic? Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song consider new visual archetypes.

Digitised Landscapes

Following a UN report on the effects of a 1.5°C increase, Google Arts & Culture’s Heartbeat of the Earth series makes sense of the key conclusions.

Celebrating Print

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards has announced the long and shortlist for the 35th edition of the award, championing the photobook in a digital age.

Aesthetica Art Prize: Top Tips

Get inspired to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize. We share five key pieces of advice to inform your submission to the international award.

Alternate Views

John Baloyi has a distinct aesthetic, producing portraits through a surreal Afro-centric lens. He evokes alternative views of black expression.

A Call to Action

A sense of urgency is prevalent in the works of this year’s graduating students at London College of Communication. These are agents of change.

Out of the Everyday

In Dan Commons’ work, red flowers, shuttered windows and urban staircases are taken out of context, asking viewers to consider the narrative.

Prix Pictet: A Virtual Platform

Prix Pictet has launched a virtual platform. Designed by Gabriel Stones using gaming technology, the exhibition is a recreation of the 2019 V&A show.

Pioneering Women Artists

“We need connection and community now more than ever,” says Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of National Museum of Women in the Arts.