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The first anthology of the great photography magazine.



Aperture Magazine Anthology

The Minor White Years, 1952–1976

Published by Aperture
Edited and with foreword by Peter C. Bunnell. Text by Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Andreas Feininger, Jonathan Green, Henry Holmes Smith, Dorothea Lange, Nathan Lyons, Barbara Morgan, Beaumont Newhall, Nancy Newhall, Aaron Siskind, Minor White, Frederick Sommer, John Szarkowski, et al.

Featured spread is reproduced from <I>Aperture Magazine Anthology</I>.Published on the occasion of its sixtieth anniversary, this is the first ever anthology of Aperture magazine. This long-awaited overview provides a selection of the best critical writing from the first 25 years of the magazine--the period spanning the tenure of cofounder and editor Minor White. Aperture was established in 1952 by a group of photographers, including Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan and historian-curators Beaumont and Nancy Newhall. Their intention was to provide a forum “in which photographers can talk straight to each other, discuss the problems that face photography as profession an art, share their experiences, comment on what goes on, descry the new potentials.” With its far-ranging interests in diverse photographic styles, myriad themes and subjects (including a strong streak of spirituality in diverse forms) and an adventurous commitment to a broad international range, Aperture has had a profound impact on the course of fine-art photography. The texts and visuals in this anthology were selected by Peter C. Bunnell, White’s protégé and an early member of the Aperture staff, who went on to become a major force in photography as an influential writer, curator and professor. Several articles are reproduced in facsimile, and the publication is enlivened throughout by other features, including a portfolio of exceptional covers, as well as a selection of the colophons (short statements or quotes) that appeared at the front of each magazine.

Featured spread is reproduced from Aperture Magazine Anthology.

Aperture Magazine Anthology


Aperture Magazine Anthology covers the history of the first 25 years of the magazine under the editorial direction of Minor White. Along with legendary photography greats Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan and Nancy and Beaumont Newhall, White was one of the founders of Aperture. The "Minor White Years"- 1952 to 1974--were what you might call the "plants, nudes and rocks" decades. After all, Minor White himself had a degree in botany and lived in Portland, Oregon. This book is divided into chronological chapters containing a selection of the best essays from this period and at least three complete issues reproduced in facsimile. Among the essays included are John Swarkowski's "Photography and the Private Collector," Dorothea Lange and Daniel Dixon's "Photographing the Familiar" and Anselm Adams on "the Profession of Photography."
Aperture remains the finest photographic magazine in publication and this book will be an incredible resource for the photographic community. -- Elisa Leshowitz
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Aperture Remix: on view through Nov 17

Aperture Remix: on view through Nov 17

On the occasion of Aperture’s sixtieth anniversary in 2012, a select group of contemporary photographers have each responded to an Aperture publication that has been influential in forming their work, paying it artistic homage. Each commissioned artist in Aperture Remix has created a new work inspired by the ideas that they have found most influential or of greatest concern in the earlier work.
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"…Minor always lived very modestly himself. In Rochester he had an apartment above a hardware store at 72 North Union Street. One bedroom was made into the Aperture office, and the magazine was assembled in the large center living area. His darkroom was in the basement. Later on, when he left R.I.T. and went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he received a significant salary, so much that he literally didn't know what to do with it. And on top of that, he had to perform socially. I remember going with him to Brooks Brothers to buy him a blue suit, so that he could go to events that he had to attend at M.I.T. I think the second time he wore it he spilled a martini all down the front, which stained it of course. (If you look carefully at photographs of him at the time, you can see this funny little stain.)
So Aperture operated on practically nothing in its early days—about five thousand dollars a year. At one point Minor wrote an editorial note saying: 'We have simply run out of money for half-tones, for engravings, and so therefore this issue is all text.' Despite the simplicity of the first issues, very progressively, the magazine was seen as a quality-reproduction publication. And that is an aspect of Aperture that has been retained to today…"

Peter C. Bunnell, in conversation with Diana C. Stoll, reproduced from Aperture Magazine Anthology.

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