Photographic Evolution

The camera has undergone an enormous series of reinventions. J. Paul Getty Museum charts its fast pace of development into the digital age.

New Representations

From intimate documentary to surreal staging, Aesthetica selects five female-led exhibitions to see during the Rencontres d’Arles festival.

Human Flow

Properly implemented bus routes, congestion zones, inner-city parks and bike lanes are unlocking huge benefits for local communities.

Subliminal Messages

‘Ultra: Art for the Women’s World Cup’, explores the joy, sorrow and excess of professional football through multimedia works and colour theory.

Defining Images

A new photography show highlights key works that define our times, reflecting the power of the medium to change the way society sees the world.

Endless Summer

Silhouettes jump into open pools. Palm trees line unblemished beaches. These are the scenes shown in Bildhalle’s latest exhibition.

Neon Commutes

Andrew Albright’s compositions contain dreamy shifts in light and colour. They revel in high exposure to reveal neon palettes in the everyday.

Personal Structures

Made whilst living in Yangon, Myanmar, Jerome Ming’s new series, Oobanken, derives from an early interest in structures and interventions.

Amplified Voices

Curated by the Aperture Foundation, New York, Black Is Beautiful is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to Kwame Brathwaite.

Adolescent Experiences

Turner Prize artist Mark Leckey returns to Tate Britain, London, with ‘O’ Magic Power of Bleakness’.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend’s must-see shows reflect on the present, exploring powerful stories of migration and humanity’s impact on the environment.

Civil Blues

With ‘Civil Rights & The Memphis Blues’ social historian Ernest C. Withers charts the struggle and soul of Memphis, Tennessee, in profound detail.

10 to See: Yorkshire Sculpture International

Aesthetica selects 10 artists and talks to see during Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019, the UK’s largest dedicated sculpture festival.

ECC: Concepts of Identity

The biennial Personal Structures, supported by the European Cultural Centre Italy, returns for 2019, responding to key 21st century questions.

Complex Messages

Welcoming speakers and invited guests from Magnum’s ‘The Medium is the Message’ symposium will explore four themes that define life in 2019.

Visions of an Era

The cities of Paris and New York are the subject of Berenice Abbott retrospective at Fundación MAPFRE, focusing on a period of transformation.

Compelling Narratives

Ole Marius Joergensen creates scenes based around mystery and the landscape. The latest series taps into the influence of David Lynch.

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.

Spaces for Expression

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

Anthropological Programming

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

Visual Authenticity

Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken was widely recognised for realist depictions of life in cities, capturing spontaneous images of the everyday.

Unseen Industry

Fostering a wider appreciation of natural habitats and the people working to preserve them, The Custody Code is a film offering essential insights.

An Evocative Landscape

“The past haunted me from what seemed like the far side of time.” Sally Mann has dedicated over forty years to photographing the southern US.

5 to See: This Weekend

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

A Resonant Lens

Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story at J. Paul Getty Museum demonstrates the photographer’s response to social and political injustice.

Tourism of a Nation

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

Provoking Ideas

The prominence of art schools in the UK is globally recognised. York St John University’s 2019 Degree show is a destination for new talent.

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.

Subconscious Expressions

Yuko Mizobuchi has exhibited work at numerous shows throughout her native Japan and is preparing for the Tokyo International Art Fair, 7-8 June.

Inspiring Details

The summer exhibition Free Range returns to the Truman Brewery, London, showcasing fresh creativity and emerging talent from the UK.

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.

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.

Limitless Imagination

Installations that clear the air, light waves that reflect upon rising sea levels, a net that cleans up space junk: this is the work of Daan Roosegaarde.

Exploring Geopolitics

The effects of ecological disaster loom large in the festival’s 50th edition, looking at the power of photography to alter perspectives and incite change.

Reflective Architecture

Minimalism is timeless. It offers simplicity and stripped-back aesthetics; new buildings draw attention to design as a blank page full of possibility.

Painterly Aesthetics

Letizia Le Fur translates painting methods into photography, balancing light and dark through a distinctly soft and inviting aesthetic.

Human Encounters

Sanja Marušić creates worlds of irrationality and juxtaposition, drawing upon surrealist concepts and playful storytelling.

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.

Natural Tensions

Colombian photographer Sebasatián Mejía navigates the city of Santiago, Chile, recording the palm trees which grow in surprising places.