Perspective changes everything. How we understand the world around us depends on our experiences and willingness to be open to new ideas. This issue is about idea generation and a developing a greater sense of perspective. Jump in to our preview of Aesthetica‘s latest print magazine: Points of View.
A Global Community | A new collection of Black photography focuses on everyday experiences, showcasing neither protest nor celebration, but intimate documentation.
Shades of Twilight | Thomas Jordan’s (b. 1992) Instant Honey offers a glimpse of the Midwest at twilight – warm, rural and isolated. Lilacs and violet blend into burnt oranges and inky blues.
History and Allegory | Diasporic legacies, historical figures, baroque designs and contemporary fashion unite in Omar Victor Diop’s series of conceptually rich and emblematic portraits.
Vivid Metropolis | Glenn Homann, a winner of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards, explores this new technology, producing bold, abstract snapshots that turn Brisbane into a saturated wonderland.
The Rise of Post-Truth | Germany’s Sprengel Museum probes 40 years of image-making in North America, alongside the wider concepts of truth, fiction and narrative.
Images to Decode | Laura Perrucci and Matteo De Santis offer a fresh take on the collage tradition. Bubble wrap, printed words and paper aeroplanes are layered over sun-drenched portraits.
Building New Worlds | Tobias Schnorpfeil is a German engineer, filmmaker and tech founder who started making three-dimensional renders in early 2020. Data sets dictate colours, textures and materials.
Style Redefined | Taiwanese photographer Zhang Ahuei brings Salvador Dalí’s words to life, redefining the parameters of contemporary portraiture with unexpected elements: unsettling and alluring.
Visual Manipulation | Ellen Jantzen (b. 1946) draws attention to the editing process that belies much of today’s media – stretching, cutting and pasting samples from organic world.
Facing up to Pollution | Plastic is one of the world’s most ubiquitous and damaging substances. Mandy Barker’s disquieting images demonstrate the extent of the emergency.
1. Laura Perrucci & Matteo De Santis, Bubble Game (2018).
2. Xaviera Simmons, Denver (2008). From As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic (Aperture, 2021). Courtesy the artist and David Castillo.
3. Thomas Jordan, Blackwell. Courtesy of the artist.
4. Thomas Jordan, Country Home Sunset. Courtesy of the artist.
5. Omar Victor Diop, Allegoria 3 (2021). Pigment inkjet print on Canson Infinity Arches 88 paper. 50 x 75.6 cm. Edition of 7 + 2 artist’s proofs 80 x 121 cm.Edition of 5 + 1 artist’s proof. © Omar Victor Diop. Courtesy MAGNIN-A Gallery, Paris.
6. Glenn Homann, Untitled (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
7. Glenn Homann, Untitled (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
8. Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2006 (detail). Digital pigment print. 57 x 88 inches. 144.78 x 223.52 cm. Edition of 6, plus 2 APs © Gregory Crewdson. Courtesy Gagosian.
9. Laura Perrucci & Matteo De Santis, Your Best Side (2018).
10. Laura Perrucci & Matteo De Santis, Reminder (2019).
11. Tobias Schnorpfeil, White Peak. Courtesy of the artist.
12&13. Zhang Ahuei, Untitled. Courtesy of the artist.
14. Ellen Jantzen, Conquering the Pull of Gravity (2014). Courtesy of the artist.
15. Mandy Barker, SOUP: 500+ (2011). Representing more than 500 pieces of plastic debris found in the digestive tract of a dead Albatross chick in the North Pacific Gyre.
16. Mandy Barker, Lost At Sea (2016). Marine plastic debris was recovered from six different continents and six different oceans to represent the hidden world of plastic under the sea. Commissioned by Ikea.