Vince Aletti

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Vince Aletti
Born1945 (age 77–78)
Occupation(s)Curator, writer, photography critic
EmployerThe New Yorker

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


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[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]

Aletti worked with New York deejay Ritchie Rivera to curate a double-album disco compilation for Polydor Records, which released it in 1978 as Steppin' Out: Disco's Greatest Hits. Music critic Robert Christgau found it superior to Casablanca Records' Get Down and Boogie and Marlin's Disco Party, writing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981): "Although local talent (Joe Simon, the Fatback Band) is represented, I find the spacey, lush-but-cool Euro-disco that predominates even more enticing, no doubt because the filler in which such music is usually swamped has been eliminated. New discoveries include the Chakachas' legendary 'Jungle Fever' and 'Running Away' by Roy Ayers, ordinarily the emptiest of 'jazz' pianists. This is disco the way it should be heard—as pure dance music, complete with risky changes."[4]

In 1979 and 1980, Aletti also worked as the A&R Rep for Ray Caviano’s RFC Records.[5]


Aletti is best known for his contributions to fine art photography.[6] He reviewed photography exhibitions for The New Yorker until 2016.[7]

Aletti has also curated numerous photography exhibitions,[1] 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).[citation needed]

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

Exhibitions curated by Aletti[edit]

  • 1998: Male. Wessel + O'Connor Gallery, New York.[10]
  • 1999: Male/Female. Wessel + O'Connor Gallery, New York.[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • 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.[12]


  • Peter Hujar. Essays by Stephen Koch and Thomas Sokolowski; interviews with Fran Lebowitz and Vince Aletti. New York: Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University. 1990.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)[13]
  • Male/female : 105 photographs. Photographs, essays and interviews by Vince Aletti, Wayne Koestenbaum and Michael L. Sand. New York: Aperture Foundation. 1999.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  • 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


  1. ^ a b "Collecting the Male: Interview with Vince Aletti". Interview Magazine. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  2. ^ Broughton, Frank (2007). La historia del DJ. Ediciones Robinbook. pp. 206–208. ISBN 978-84-96222-58-8.
  3. ^ "Vince Aletti". The New Yorker. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 13, 2019 – via
  5. ^ "The New Disco Elite". New York. March 26, 1979. p. 37.
  6. ^ "Vince Aletti: Curator, Collector, Writer Extraordinaire | Glitteratiincorporated". Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Vince Aletti". The New Yorker. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  8. ^ "White Cube". Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  9. ^ "2005 Infinity Award: Writing". International Center of Photography. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art | About the Gallery". Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Male Work from the collection of Vince Aletti". Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  12. ^[bare URL PDF]
  13. ^ Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, New York University, Jan. 17-Feb. 24, 1990, and the Fine Arts Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Aug. 1-Sept. 15, 1990.
  14. ^ Online version is titled "'Sarah Charlesworth: Double World [sic]'".

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