September 24th, 2015
A Look Inside the Aperture Digital Archive
The Aperture Digital Archive includes every issue of Aperture magazine since 1952, including rare, early editions. Over 15,000 images, from 220 issues of the magazine, will be searchable by photographer, genre, and decade.
On September 10, 2015, Aperture Foundation launched a fully searchable online resource containing every issue of Aperture magazine since its founding in 1952, called the Aperture Digital Archive. From their desktops, laptops, tablets, or mobile devices, users will be able to access all 220 issues of the magazine, including groundbreaking issues such as “Edward Weston: Flame of Recognition,” “French Primitive Photography,” “Black Sun: The Eyes of Four,” and “Queer.” The archive brings together images and personal stories of hundreds of photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Paul Strand, and more, alongside authoritative voices on photography through six decades, including Robert Adams, Peter C. Bunnell, Nancy Newhall, Fred Ritchin, John Szarkowski, and Minor White as well as critics whose perspectives provided new visions of photography, including Charles Bowden, Geoff Dyer, Neil LaBute, Janet Malcolm, Greil Marcus, and Francine Prose.
“Aperture is a document of great artistic, cultural, and scholarly value,” says Dana Triwush, the publisher, “and the archive is designed as a dynamic, interactive tool in keeping with the high standard of content and image quality for which the magazine is known.”
Aperture Foundation partnered with Bondi, a New York-based technology and creative services company whose platform powers the online archives of many top magazines. The Bondi platform presents every back issue as a full digital replica—preserving the magazine’s award-winning design—with every article and image indexed individually. The foundation has also partnered with JSTOR and ProQuest to bring the Aperture Digital Archive to college and university campuses around the world.
Look out for more writings in this tab about Aperture magazine’s archives from prominent voices in the photography world.