(video by Owen Kydd and Andrew Lush)


The call is now closed.
Stay tuned! Participating artists will be
notified by June 1.


The 2016 Summer Open takes its cue from Aperture’s recent publication Photography Is Magic and is curated by the book’s author, Charlotte Cotton.

The Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery in New York, featuring a wide variety of work drawn from all kinds of photographers. Selected annually by a prominent curator or editor, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on critical themes and trends driving international contemporary photographic practice. The exhibition opens the doors of the Foundation to all photographers, both well- and lesser-known, as it fosters and promotes new ideas and talent.

We are seeking your contribution to the idea of photography as a magical visual form. We want to see photographs of what is magical for you: pictures found in the happenstance of everyday life; manifestations of your studio or desktop experiments; and active choices you make when rendering your ideas into photographic form. All kinds of photographs are welcome, so long as they explore the magic of photography. We are agnostic about your preference for analog or digital techniques, and very interested in how you complicate and confuse these material and historical categories.

In your submission, please include a very clear description of the format of your work under consideration, as well as your aims for your practice and a discussion of the magical properties of photography. Keep in mind that we are unable to accommodate full bodies of work. If selected, you are responsible for getting your artwork to Aperture on time and ready for installation. We are open to proposals for both framed and unframed photographic prints, vinyl wallpapers, newsprint, slideshows, animations, and sculptural works. We will be accepting submissions until April 6.

We look forward to seeing your proposal for the magic of photography!

—Charlotte Cotton and the Summer Open team

How to Enter

1. Join Aperture!
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2. Get your passcode
After joining Aperture, you will receive an e-mail with your invitational passcode.

3. Enter at
Use your invitational passcode to unlock the call at and upload your submission.


2016 Aperture Summer Open: A Conversation with Charlotte Cotton


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

The Call Begins: The 2016 Summer Open


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

Recap: 2015 Aperture Summer Open Opening Reception


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

Inside Summer Open Selections


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

Announcing the 2015 Summer Open

Monika Sziladi, Untitled (Passing by), 2014

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


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!


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

#FF: 13 Aperture Summer Open
Photographers on Instagram


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


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

Preview: 2014 Aperture Summer Open Exhibition


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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