summeroper-new2016 Summer Open Aperture

Aperture’s 2016 Summer Open was a call for contributions to the idea of photography as a magical form. This optimistic premise attracted a diverse scope of magical contemporary approaches—from pictures found in the happenstance of everyday life to elaborate stagings of studio or desktop experiments.

The photographic practices represented in the final selection for this year’s Summer Open are rich with vitality and deep curiosity for the magical medium of photography. They share a fascination with and substantial knowledge of the historical roots and the contemporary state of photography. These artists actively play with the medium’s heritage—re-animating and re-contextualizing its alchemical properties—to render ideas about its contemporary material value. They are astutely aware of the viewers’ perceptions and trains of thought, grounded in our shared context of an ever-expanding image world. They invite us to pay attention to the thriving possibility of photography as an experimental platform, rich with materiality and visual sleight of hand.

—Charlotte Cotton, curator and writer

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2016 Aperture Summer Open: A Conversation with Charlotte Cotton

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The curator of Aperture’s Summer Open speaks about the relationship between photography and magic.

The Call Begins: The 2016 Summer Open

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The call officially begins for the 2016 Summer Open, Aperture’s third annual open-submission exhibition

Recap: 2015 Aperture Summer Open Opening Reception

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A recap of the Aperture Summer Open opening reception on July 16th, 2015 at Aperture gallery.

Inside Summer Open Selections

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A sneak peak at the selections for the Summer Open, opening at Aperture Gallery on July 16.

Announcing the 2015 Summer Open

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From over five hundred applicants, twenty-four photographers consider the ways in which our current reality might outpace outlandish narratives of science fiction.

A Q&A on the 2015 Aperture Summer Open

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Aperture magazine editor Michael Famighetti on his choice of this year’s Summer Open theme and his selection process.

Aperture Summer Open
Call for Entries is now Open!

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Announcing our 2015 Summer Open Exhibition, “Black Mirror.” Deadline for entry is April 8.

#FF: 13 Aperture Summer Open
Photographers on Instagram

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From the wide group of photographers featured in the exhibition, we’ve chosen a few Instagram accounts worth following.

Recap: 2014 Aperture Summer Open Opening Reception

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A recap of the Aperture Summer Open opening reception on July 17th, 2014 at Aperture gallery.

Preview: 2014 Aperture Summer Open Exhibition

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Aperture executive director Chris Boot on his selections for Aperture’s first annual Summer Open Exhibition at Aperture Gallery.

2014 Call for Entries is Now Closed!

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The entry period for the 2014 Aperture Summer Open is now closed. Thanks for entering!

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