Aperture Foundation

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Aperture Gallery in Chelsea

Aperture Foundation is a nonprofit arts institution, founded in 1952 by Ansel Adams, Minor White, Barbara Morgan, Dorothea Lange, Nancy Newhall, Beaumont Newhall, Ernest Louie, Melton Ferris, and Dody Warren. Their vision was to create a forum for fine art photography, a new concept at the time. The first issue of the magazine Aperture was published in spring 1952 in San Francisco, see Aperture (magazine).

In January 2011, Chris Boot joined the organization as its director. Boot has previously been an independent photobook publisher and worked with Magnum Photos and Phaidon Press.[1]


Aperture Foundation is a publisher of photography books, with more than 600 titles in print. Its book publication program began in 1965, with Edward Weston: The Flame of Recognition, which became one of its best-selling titles.[2][2] Some, like Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph, have been in print for 40 years.[3] Aperture supports the efforts of other non-profit organizations by partnering on books, exhibitions, and educational programming.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Golden Age of British Photography, 1839–1900. New York: Aperture Foundation, 1984. ISBN 978-0893811440.
  • Masters of Photography: Collector's Set. New York: Aperture Foundation, 1997. ISBN 978-0893817626.
  • Crossing Borders: Contemporary Czech and Slovak Photography. New York: Aperture Foundation, 1998. ISBN 978-0893818166.
  • Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, with Orhan Pamuk New York: Aperture, 2007. ISBN 978-1-59711-034-1
  • Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image: The Photography Workshop Series. New York, Aperture Foundation, 2014. ISBN 978-1-59711-257-4. Photographs and text by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, introduction by Teju Cole.
  • Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation: The Photography Workshop Series. New York: Aperture Foundation, 2014. ISBN 1597112739. Photographs and text by Larry Fink, introduction by Lisa Kereszi.
  • Other Rooms. New York: Aperture Foundation, 2014. ISBN 978-1-59711-275-8. Photographs by Jo Ann Callis.
  • The Bikeriders. New York: Aperture Foundation, 2014. ISBN 978-1-59711-264-2. Photographs by Danny Lyon.
  • ¡Vámonos! Bernard Plossu in México: 1965-66, 1970, 1974, 1981. New York: Aperture Foundation, 2014. ISBN 978-1-59711-276-5. Photographs by Bernard Plossu, edited by Salvador Albiñana and Juan García de Oteyza.

Aperture/Michael E. Hoffman Award[edit]

In 2003, the Foundation instituted the first Aperture/Michael E. Hoffman Award, in memory of Michael E. Hoffman (died 2001), who was Aperture's publisher for 37 years.

The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards[edit]

The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards is a yearly photography book award that is given jointly by Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation.[4] It is announced at the Paris Photo fair and was established in 2012.[5] The categories are Photography Catalogue of the Year, PhotoBook of the Year and First PhotoBook (with a $10,000 prize).


In 2005, Aperture’s three-thousand-square-foot gallery opened in New York’s Chelsea art district.[2] Many of the shows travel to venues in the U.S. and abroad. Aperture's Chelsea gallery showcases exhibitions organized by sister institutions.

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Aperture has exhibited shows including Nazar: Photographs from the Arab World; Joan Fontcuberta: Landscapes Without Memory; William Christenberry, Photographs: 1961–2005; A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, images by Chuck Close, poems by Bob Holman; Lisette Model and Her Successors; and the Lucie-nominated Invasion 68: Prague, photographs by Josef Koudelka.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2011-06-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Aperture.org (official site)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2011-06-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "PhotoBook Awards", Aperture Foundation. Accessed 1 August 2014.
  5. ^ "The Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Exhibition in Tokyo". Time Out. Retrieved 30 October 2015.

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