Creating insight, community, and understanding through photography since 1952

About Us

Aperture is a nonprofit publisher that leads conversations around photography worldwide. From our base in New York, Aperture connects global audiences and supports artists through our acclaimed quarterly magazine, books, exhibitions, digital platforms, public programs, limited-edition prints, and awards. Established in 1952 to advance “creative thinking, significantly expressed in words and photographs,” Aperture champions photography’s vital role in nurturing curiosity and encouraging a more just, tolerant society.


Vision and Values

Aperture envisions a future where the power and democratic spirit of photography inspire a more curious, creative, and equitable world.

Care: Amplifying the achievements of emerging, established, and under-recognized artists through the seriousness and quality of our work

Curiosity: Honoring nuance, challenging set perceptions, and appreciating all there is to learn from photographs and one another

Diversity: Embracing difference and illuminating a range of voices and perspectives

Inclusion: Creating a welcoming, respectful forum for photo-curious people everywhere

Opportunity: Advancing the personal and professional growth of our staff and the community of artists and writers who engage with photography


All of our work at Aperture is made possible with the support of our funders, patrons, sponsors, and members, and those who subscribe to the magazine, collect our limited editions, and purchase our books. Thank you for supporting Aperture.


Image: Paul Strand, Abstraction, Porch Shadows, Twin Lakes, Connecticut (detail), 1916

© Paul Strand


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“Aperture is one of the greatest institutions on the history of photography, and one the freshest and boldest contributors to the contemporary scene.” — Sir Elton John, collector