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Vince Aletti

Vince Aletti (born 1945) is a curator, writer, and photography critic.[1]

Vince Aletti
Born1945 (age 73–74)
OccupationCurator, Writer, Photography Critic
EmployerThe New Yorker



Music industryEdit

Aletti was a contributing writer for Rolling Stone from 1970 to 1989. He was the first person to write about disco in an article published by the magazine in 1973. He also wrote a weekly column about disco for the music trade magazine Record World[2] (1974–1979), and reported about early clubs like David Mancuso's The Loft for The Village Voice in the late 1970s and 1980s. Aletti was a senior editor at The Village Voice for nearly 20 years until leaving in early 2005.[3]

In 1979 and 1980, Aletti also worked as the A&R Rep for Ray Caviano’s RFC Records.[4]


Aletti is best known for his contributions to fine art photography.[5] He reviewed photography exhibitions for The New Yorker until 2016.[6]

Aletti has also curated numerous photography exhibitions[7], and has contributed writing for dozens of photography books. In 1998, Aletti was the curator of a highly praised exhibition of art and photography called Male, which was followed up in 1999 by Female, both at Wessel + O'Connor Gallery in New York. In conjunction with those shows, he was the co-editor the book "Male/Female: 105 photographs" published by Aperture in 1999, featuring his interview with Madonna, which was later anthologized in Da Capo's Best Music Writing (2000).

In 2000, he was the co-curator of an exhibition called Settings & Players: Theatrical Ambiguity in American Photography at London's White Cube.[8] The following year Aletti organized Steven Klein American Beauty a retrospective exhibition of Steven Klein's fashion work for the Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Aletti was one of the two featured writers of The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century (2001).

In 2005, Aletti was the recipient of the Infinity Award for writing by The International Center for Photography.[9]

Exhibitions curated by AlettiEdit

  • 1998: Male. Wessel + O'Connor Gallery, New York.[10]
  • 1999: Male/Female. Wessel + O'Connor Gallery, New York.[11]
  • 2000: Settings & Players: Theatrical Ambiguity in American Photography. White Cube, London.
  • 2001: Steven Klein American Beauty. Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • 2008: Male: work from the collection of Vince Aletti. White Columns, New York.[12]
  • 2010: Dress Codes The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video. International Centre of Photography, New York. Curated with Kristen Lubben, Christopher Phillips, and Carol Squiers.[13]

Publications with contributions by AlettiEdit

  • "Peter Hujar". NewYork: Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, 1990. ISBN 978-0934349079
  • Male/Female: 105 Photographs. New York: Aperture, 1999. ISBN 978-0893818814
  • Settings and Players: Theatrical Ambiguity in American Photography. London: White Cube, 2001. ISBN 978-0952269052
  • Four Days in LA: The Versace Collection. London: White Cube, 2001. ISBN 978-0952269076
  • The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. New York: PPP Editions, 2001. ISBN 978-0967077444
  • Snapshots: The Eye Of the Century. Berlin: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2004. ISBN 978-3775713962
  • David Hilliard. New York: Aperture, 2005. ISBN 978-1931788588
  • Ingar Krauss: Portraits. Berlin: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2006. ISBN 978-3775716789
  • Mark Cohen:True Color. New York: powerHouse Books, 2007. ISBN 978-1576873724
  • Face of Fashion. New York: Aperture, 2007. ISBN 978-1597110396
  • Hedi Slimane: Rock Diary. Zurich: JRP|Ringier, 2008. ISBN 978-3905829600
  • Bruce of Los Angeles: Inside/Outside. New York: Antinous Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1576874691
  • Look at me: Photographs from Mexico City by Jed Fielding. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0226248523
  • Avedon Fashion 1944-2000. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2009. ISBN 978-0810983892
  • The Disco Files 1973-78: New York's Underground Week by Week. New York:, 2009. ISBN 978-0956189608
  • Male: From the Collection of Vince Aletti. New York: PPP Editions, 2010. ISBN 978-0971548060
  • Michael Thompson: Portraits. Bologna: Damiani, 2011. ISBN 978-8862081566
  • Saul Leiter. Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2012. ISBN 978-3868282580
  • New York at Night: Photography After Dark. New York: powerHouse Books, 2012. ISBN 978-1576876169
  • A Respect for Light: The Latin American Photographs: 1974-2008. New York: Glitterati, 2014. ISBN 978-0991341962
  • Peter Hujar: Love & Lust. San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2014. ISBN 978-1881337379
  • Mark Cohen: Dark Knees. Paris: Lebal, 2014. ISBN 978-2365110426
  • Stephen Irwin. Berlin: r/e projects, 2015. ISBN 978-3000479977
  • David Wojnarowicz: Brush Fires in the Social Landscape: Twentieth Anniversary Edition. New York: Aperture, 2015. ISBN 978-1597112949
  • Peter Hujar: Lost Downtown. New York: Pace MacGill Gallery, 2016. ISBN 978-3958291065

Magazine articles by AlettiEdit


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