Aesthetica #89

Why do trends have so much power over us?

This issue of Aesthetica looks at change, longevity, sustainability and impact.

Inside the magazine -

This year’s Rencontres d’Arles celebrates its 50th anniversary.The festival considers the environmental crisis at a point of global awakening.

The UN has just reported that one million species may go extinct; Greta Thunberg is inspiring nations through her speeches.

In architecture, a survey of 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.

Meanwhile, 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.

In photography subtlety is key – using shapes, light and colour to encourage self-reflection. Vishal Marapon, Lydia Whitmore, Andrea Torres Balaguer, Clemens Ascher, Beate Sonnenberg, Letizia Le Fur and Sanja Marušić present a range of images exploring both personal and universal narratives.

Also, an interview with Paul Moorhouse, Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, about a Cindy Sherman retrospective.