|Founder||Minor White, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, Dody Weston Thompson, Nancy Newhall and Beaumont Newhall|
|Based in||New York, NY|
Inspired by the production quality of Alfred Stieglitz's then defunct Camera Work, Aperture magazine was founded by Minor White, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, Dody Weston Thompson, Nancy Newhall and Beaumont Newhall. White, himself a photographer, edited the magazine from its first issue in 1952 until 1975. He died in 1976.
The first iteration of the magazine closed in 1964. Michael E. Hoffman, a close friend and former student of then editor White, later restored the magazine, becoming its publisher and adopting a quarterly format.
The magazine helped publish a catalog by photographer Diane Arbus, a year after her death. Museum of Modern Art curator John Szarkowski was organizing an Arbus retrospective in 1972, but the catalog had been rejected by all the major publishing houses in the United States and Europe. Aperture agreed to publish Arbus' catalog and it was released in time for the show as Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph.
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