Photography Past Forward

Photography Past Forward

Aperture at 50

Book - 2002
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Celebrates Aperture magazine and the photographers it has presented for the past fifty years.

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This volume celebrates Aperture magazine and the photographers it has presented for 50 years, demonstrating the magazine's contribution to the development of photography as an art form and to the expansion of its audience. Following an introduction presenting historical background, subsequent chapters present text from Aperture issues 1 through 165 in which a range of voices express theories, manifestos, musings, and critiques on many subjects related to photography. Beautifully illustrated with color and b&w images. Oversize: 10x11.75. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Since its founding in 1952, Aperture has grown from a small periodical to a cultural phenomenon that reaches the largest and most diverse audience for significant photography worldwide. By examining it's own history, Aperture at 50: An Ideal in Photography explores the currents in photography that have brought the medium to its present status as one of the most important art forms, and arguably, the most powerful medium of communication. It also demonstrates how Aperture has shaped and furthered this evolution, expanding the international audience for photography. A remarkable selection of images culled from every period of Aperture's history illuminate photography's ever-expanding ability to evince uncommon beauty and render subjects as diverse as landscape and portraiture to issues of international social concern, whether civil rights, AIDS, domestic abuse, freedoms of speech, environmental conservation, or mass migration, to name a few. Other selections will explore evolving photographic techniques that have allowed image-makers to push artistic boundaries, from Aperture's revival of the vintage photogravure process to current explorations in the digital realm. With groundbreaking images by such early masters as Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and William Henry Fox Talbot to seminal figures in the history of the magazine including Paul Strand, Dorothea Lange, Minor White, Ansel Adams, Barbara Morgan, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, this lush publication traces the evolution of both the magazine and the photographers whose work has become an important part of its story. Long-time collaborators Sally Mann, Eugene Richards, Richard Misrach, Robert Adams, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, and Mary Ellen Mark, among many others, have made a selection of recent work, which together with images and original spreads from past issues offer a dynamic view of the medium's breadth of focus and innovation. Remaining true to Aperture's history of providing a vital sounding board for a vast community of thinkers on and practitioners of photography, Aperture at 50< is supplemented by texts-excerpted from Aperture< issues #1 (1952) through #165 (2001)-in which a range of voices from Nancy and Beaumont Newhall to Danny Lyon, Madonna, and Arthur Danto expound theories, manifestos, musings, and critiques on a broad range of photography-related subjects.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Aperture, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780893819965
Branch Call Number: 770.5 PHOTO
Characteristics: 239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Harris, Melissa
Cravens, Richard H.


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