Aesthetica Issue 89: The Power of Reinvention

  • Laura Tordoff
  • Alexandra Fanning
  • Kate Simpson

How do trends start? How do they become the norm? When does a consumer product turn into an essential item? How do we move from wanting something to needing something? In short, how can entire societies shift their desires – from gadgets, clothing and interiors to ideas, concepts and thoughts. Why do trends have so much power over us? This issue looks at change, longevity, sustainability and impact.

Published June / July 2019. To pick up a copy, click here.


This edition covers LOOK Photo Biennial, Krakow Photomonth Festival and a survey of women war photographers at Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, as well as a major retrospective of Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery.


- Exploring Geopolitics: This year’s Rencontres d’Arles celebrates its 50th anniversary. Given the ubiquity of photography today – due to accessible platforms and changes in communication from written to visual – it’s remarkable that in 1969 this festival was launched. Photography was still fighting for its place in the artistic landscape; in 2019 it is firmly placed. The festival considers the environmental crisis at a point of global awakening.

- Limitless Imagination: Daan Roosegaarde builds a world of possibilities in which algae lights up streets, smog becomes jewellery and space debris turns into fireworks.

- Beyond Expectation: Magnum Photos is synonymous with photojournalism, but the next generation of photographers is redefining genre, moving into editorial collaborations and using documentary techniques to change the way that fashion is perceived in the present day.

- Reflective Architecture: In architecture, we survey the colour white as a design choice. It’s a tone that can be either a void – hostile and clinical – or a space for imagination. The feature explores how minimalism has endured.

Photography: In photography subtlety is key – using shapes, light and colour to encourage self-reflection. This issue features:

- Vishal Marapon
- Lydia Whitmore
- Andrea Torres Balaguer
- Clemens Ascher
- Beate Sonnenberg
- Letizia Le Fur
- Sanja Marušić

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      Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam