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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.

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The redesigned Aperture magazine appeared in Spring 2013, with a cover by Christopher Williams.

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2014, issue 216: Photographers Inez & Vinoodh guest edit "Fashion" issue

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2011, Issue 203: Richard Mosse’s Congo work is featured in the magazine and on the cover; this same series is later published in a best-selling Aperture book.

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1992, Issue 129: Special fortieth anniversary issue. Seventy photographers who had appeared in the pages of the magazine were asked to select three photographs, and one image from each artist is chosen for publication. Because no single image could represent forty years, Robert Rauschenberg—whose vast talents included collage—is asked to create a cover that would visually and metaphorically give a sense of Aperture.

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1984, Issue 96: previously unpublished work from William Eggleston forms the basis for an entire issue devoted to color photography, which also includes portfolios from William

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1975, vol. 19, no. 4: Helen Levitt’s New York City street photography is the first four-color portfolio to be published in Aperture.

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1961, vol. 9, no. 2 included photographs by Robert Frank from The Americans and Pull My Daisy

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Paul Strand’s “Letters from France and Italy” correspondence and selected images first appeared in 1953, vol. 2, no. 2

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The first issue of Aperture magazine.

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.

Click here to find the Aperture Digital Archive on the Aperture Foundation website.

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