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Aaron Schuman – photographer, writer and curator

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  • 12/01/21

Aaron Schuman is an American photographer, writer and curator based in the United Kingdom.  Schuman’s photographic work is exhibited and published internationally and is held in a number of public and private collections.

His latest monograph, SLANT – published by MACK in 2019 – was cited as one of 2019’s “Best Photobooks” by numerous photographers, critics and publications, including The GuardianInternazionaleAmerican Suburb XPhotoeye (Jason Fulford / Rebecca Norris Webb), Photobookstore Magazine (Vanessa Winship / Mark Power / Robin Titchener), UpPhotographers (Gus Powell), and Deadbeat Club Press (Raymond Meeks / Brad Feuerhelm).  He is also the author of FOLK (NB Books, 2016) – which was cited as one of 2016’s “Best Photobooks” by Alec Soth, The Guardian, and TIME, and long-listed for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2017.

In addition to his own photographic work, Schuman has contributed texts to many books including Aperture Conversations: 1985 to the Present (2018), Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (2018), Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves (2015), Vision Anew(2015), The Photographer’s Playbook (2014) and Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals (2014), amongst many others; he also regularly writes for magazines such as ApertureFoamFriezeTIMEHotshoeMagnum Online The British Journal of Photography and more.

Additionally, Schuman has curated several major exhibitions, including Indivisible: New American Documents (FOMU Antwerp, 2016), In Appropriation (Houston Center of Photography, 2012), Other I: Alec Soth, WassinkLundgren, Viviane Sassen (Hotshoe London, 2011), and Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs (FotoFest, 2010).  In 2014, Schuman served as Chief Curator of Krakow Photomonth 2014 – entitled Re:Search, the main programme featured exhibitions by Taryn Simon, Trevor Paglen, David Campany / Walker Evans, Clare Strand, Forensic Architecture, Jason Fulford and more.  In 2018, Schuman also served as Curator of JaipurPhoto Festival 2018.

Schuman was the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine (2004-2014) and is Programme Leader of MA Photography at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).