Aperture exhibits its collection of prints
Aperture’s latest exhibition follows the evolution of its foundation through a display of photographs from its print program made over a period of fifty years. The limited-edition print program began at the New York institution in 1967 under Michael Hoffman, Minor White’s successor as director and publisher of Aperture. Working in collaboration with Paul Strand and Edward Steichen, Hoffman launched the program with a new edition of Strand’s Mexican Portfolio and a series of hand-pulled photogravure prints made under the supervision of the artists.
The print program has been integral to Aperture’s mission, providing essential support to its publishing and educational initiatives. It has also given artists a platform for selling their work prior to having gallery representation. Today, Aperture produces and publishes approximately twenty-five limited-edition prints, portfolios, and limited-edition books each year. Featuring both established and emerging artists, these museum-quality editions make photography available to a wide collecting audience.
The works on view in the show “Aperture Photographs” chart the progression of photography itself, presenting prints from the founding photographers of Aperture – Minor White, Edward Weston, Barbara Morgan, and Dorothea Lange – to contemporary innovators in the medium, such as Tyler Mitchell, the first Black photographer hired to shoot a cover story for American Vogue, or Vik Muniz, Todd Hido and Mary Ellen Mark. In between are some of the most significant photographers of each decade, representing seminal books in Aperture’s publication history, such as “Uncommon Places” by Stephen Shore and “Pitch Blackness” by Hank Willis Thomas. Also on view are commissioned works made on the occasion of Aperture’s sixtieth anniversary in 2012, and a series of prints made in conjunction with recent issues of Aperture magazine.