Mr Aaron Schuman

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AARON SCHUMAN is an artist, photographer, writer, editor and curator based in the United Kingdom. He received a BFA in Photography and Art History from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1999, and an MA in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the University of London's London Consortium (Birkbeck College / TATE / ICA London / Architectural Association) in 2003. Having assisted various artists and photographers - most notably, Annie Leibovitz and Wolfgang Tillmans - Schuman has pursued a career as an artist, writer, editor and curator since 2000. His photographic work has been exhibited internationally – at institutions such as Tate Modern, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Christie's (London / New York), and elsewhere – and is held in many public and private collections. Schuman is the author of two monographs: "SLANT" (MACK, 2019) and “FOLK” (NB Books, 2016). “FOLK” was named one of 2016’s “Best Photobooks” by The Guardian (Sean O'Hagan), TIME (Jason Fulford), and Photo-Eye (Alec Soth), and was longlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2017. “SLANT” has been featured in a wide range of international publications including the British Journal of Photography, Il Foglio, Il Post, De Standaard, Poetry Foundation, Topic, FOAM, Photomonitor, The Photocaptionist, Collectors Daily and elsewhere, and has been exhibited at 333 Gallery (London), Oslo Photography Festival 2019, and the Photographic Museum of Humanity.  Schuman has contributed writings to many recent books including “Aperture Conversations: 1985 to the Present” (Aperture, 2018), “Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins” (Prestel, 2018), “George Rodger: Nuba & Latuka—The Colour Photographs” (Prestel, 2017), “Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves” (MACK, 2015), “Vision Anew” (University of California Press, 2015), “The Photographer's Playbook” (Aperture, 2014), and “Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals” (Prestel, 2014), amongst many others.  He also regularly contributes to magazines such as Frieze, ArtReview, Aperture, Foam, Hotshoe, TIME, the British Journal of Photography, and more.  Additionally, Schuman has curated several major exhibitions, including “Indivisible: New American Documents” (FOMU Antwerp, 2016), “Mixtape” (Riga Photomonth, 2016), “In Appropriation’ (Houston Center for Photography, 2012), “Other I: Alec Soth, WassinkLundgren, Viviane Sassen” (Hotshoe Gallery London, 2011), and “Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs” (FotoFest, 2010).  In 2014, Schuman served as Curator of Krakow Photomonth 2014 – entitled “Re:Search”, the main programme featured major exhibitions by Taryn Simon, Trevor Paglen, Jason Fulford, Clare Strand, Walker Evans / David Campany, Forensic Architecture and others.  In 2018, Schuman served as Curator of JaipurPhoto Festival 2018, held at UNESCO World Heritage Sites throughout the city. Schuman was also the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine (2004-2014), and is Programme Leader of the MA Photography programme at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).  For more information, please visit: www.aaronschuman.com

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