As part of Rockefeller Center + Aperture: New York programming, we are pleased to present virtual conversations with Aperture contributing photographers and writers—including Jamel Shabazz, Tanisha C. Ford, Irina Rozovsky, Widline Cadet and Rafael Rios—live on Zoom from Rockefeller Center locations such as Rainbow Room and Top of the Rock.
Registration is required to join the live Conversations on Zoom.
Tuesday, March 30 @ 7:00 p.m. EDT - Tanisha C. Ford in conversation with Jamel Shabazz
A discussion between esteemed photographer Jamel Shabazz and writer Tanisha C. Ford. Since the early 1980s, Shabazz has photographed New York’s street life and hip-hop culture with joy, verve, and style. His work not only captures the essence and pureness of hip-hop culture in New York, but also the deep connections he has with his subjects and community. For this event, Shabazz and Ford will discuss Shabazz’s career, his lasting legacy, how quarantine has given him time to rediscover hidden gems in his archive, and the installation of work at Rockefeller Center through April.
Thursday, April 8 @ 7:00 p.m. EDT - Artist Talk with Irina Rozovsky
In collaboration with Parsons School of Design and MACK, Aperture and Rockefeller Center, are pleased to present an artist talk with Irina Rozovsky as she discusses her project In Plain Air (2011–20), featured in the “New York” issue of Aperture magazine. For ten years, Rozovsky has been making lyrical portraits of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park—both of the landscape and its visitors—perfectly capturing the democratic nature of the space. From images of women fishing to family barbeques to young couples in the grass, In Plain Air is a lover letter to Prospect Park and all those who spend time there.
Thursday, April 22 @ 7:00 p.m. EDT - Widline Cadet and Rafael Rios on Family, Friendship, and New York
A discussion between Nicole Acheampong, assistant editor of Aperture magazine, and photographers Widline Cadet and Rafael Rios speak about their work featured in the “New York” issue, and on crafting intimate portraits of friends and family. In her series Soft, Cadet makes dreamlike, black-and-white photographs of friends embracing in New York City parks, while Rios’s Family series captures vibrant flashes of his extended Puerto Rican family’s everyday life in Brooklyn. Both artists, commissioned by Aperture to make brand-new work for this issue, have expanded their long-term projects to offer new ways of seeing the tenderness and tenacity of community, a vital offering at a moment of social distancing.