Vince Aletti

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Vince Aletti
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Occupation Curator, Writer, Photography Critic
Employer The New Yorker

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


Music industry[edit]

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[1] (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.[2]

In 1979 and 1980, Aletti also worked as the A&R Rep for Ray Caviano’s RFC Records.[3]


Aletti is best known for his contributions to fine art photography.[4] Currently, he reviews photography exhibitions for The New Yorker.[5]

Aletti has also curated numerous photography exhibitions, 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.[6] 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.[7]

Exhibitions curated by Aletti[edit]

  • 1998: Male. Wessel + O'Connor Gallery, New York.[8]
  • 1999: Male/Female. Wessel + O'Connor Gallery, New York.[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • 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.[11]


Publications by Aletti[edit]

Writing contributions by Aletti[edit]

Magazine articles by Aletti[edit]


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