Inquisitive Photography

Lydia Whitmore is a master of still-life photography, producing bright, seamless commissions and clean-cut editorials for a range of clients.

Decoding the Metropolis

Connecting to changing cities through the lens of gentrification, Vishal Marapon’s images are both aesthetically pleasing and intensely hyperreal.

Complex Sequences

Clemens Ascher has a distinct style. His photographs are graphically reduced, with soft, pleasing colours that act like sweets in a window.

Beyond Expectations

The legendary agency, Magnum Photos, is breaking the boundaries of genre, taking fashion out of the studio and into the real world.

Playful Abstraction

Refraction and reflection have long been a source of interest for artists. Sonnenberg touches upon these, bringing them into the contemporary sphere.

Layered Portraiture

Muted settings enhance the purity and simplicity of Torres Balaguer’s compositions; figures emerge from the darkness through clean, silvery light.


5 to See: This Weekend

Recommended shows for 15-16 June navigate changing cultural and social landscapes, including conceptual approaches to post-truth.

Spaces for Expression

Nightclubs are epicentres of contemporary culture, providing arenas for experimentation. An exhibition explores their global development.

10 to See: UK Summer Shows

Aesthetica collates 10 of the best exhibitions to see this summer, featuring the latest in digital technology and renowned self-portraiture.

Anthropological Programming

Yorkshire Sculpture International explores how making objects – whether for aesthetic, functional, or spiritual purposes – is a human act.

Tourism of a Nation

New Artists: Nathan Cyprys’ Neighbour State series explores the American landscape with the curiosity of a young Canadian perspective.

5 to See: This Weekend

Must-see photography exhibitions for early June record shifting landscapes in Europe, offering new visual languages for articulating the world.

Multiple Voices

This season Somerset House presents two landmark shows, each celebrating the multiplicity of perspectives that form modern Britain.

5 to See: Pride Month 2019

Museums, galleries and publishers across the UK and US mark this year’s Pride Month and 50 years since the Stonewall Riots in New York.

Shades of Summer

New Artists: A plane overhead. Dramatic sunlight. Pastel styling. Thomas Bertie Taylor invites us into a softened world of blues, pinks and yellows.

5 to Read: This Month

June’s photobooks reveal deep connections between communities around the world, looking at science, contemporary culture and myth.

A Shifting Landscape

Magnum photographer Werner Bischof’s pioneering documentation of America draws an honest and compelling portrait of post-war life.

The June / July Issue

Issue 89: The Power of Reinvention. This edition looks at sustainability, longevity and change whilst the planet is in a moment of crisis.

5 to See: This Weekend

Top exhibitions and events explore the impact of digital culture and surveillance. The shows look at shifts in ways of living, from urban to rural.

10 to See: Degree Shows 2019

This year’s season of Degree Shows highlight the next generation of creative talent. Aesthetica selects ten to see across the UK this summer.

Portraits of Modernity

Microwave popcorn, bubblegum, Coca-Cola. Romina Ressia’s portraits combine elements of contemporary culture with classical references.

5 to See: Photo Basel 2019

Switzerland’s first and only international photography fair returns for 2019. Aesthetica collates a selection of must-see photographers.

Experiments in Portraiture

New Artists: Isolated from the body, eyes, arms and hands become autonomous characters. Ziqian Liu plays with perspective in grey-tone worlds.

Illusory Architecture

James Casebere’s constructed compositions invite the viewer beneath the surface, offering a doorway into imagined and deceptive worlds.

Contemplating Industry

Giulio Di Sturco’s book, Ganga Ma, is the result of a ten-year journey along the Ganges. It chronicles the effects of pollution and climate change.

Mountainside Reflections

New Artists: Laura Hendricks offers pastel worlds where mountains and billowing cloud formations are flattened into mirrors like open road signs.

5 to See: This Weekend

This week’s exhibitions examine socio-political narratives, exploring the human impact of power structures, globalisation and consumption.

Prompting Conversations

LOOK Photo Biennial assesses the value of visual storytelling through a biennial that refocuses our attention to the vulnerability of the planet.

World of Contrasts

New York-based Chinese artist Shen Wei crafts rich self-portraits and landscapes, each delving into ideas of identity, memory and sexuality.

Linear Backdrops

New Artists: Through colour, abstracted forms and negative spaces, Swedish artist Marcus Cederberg slows the pace of urban life.

5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica’s selection of must-see shows spans the globe, exploring family dynamics, changing cities and historic events through photography.

Changing Views

The Deutsche Börse started its renowned photography collection in 1999. A new series of four back-to-back shows explores the archives.

An Intimate Perspective

Joanna Piotrowska’s artwork, on view at Tate Britain, dwells on the dynamics of power, often expressed within uncanny domestic spaces.

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