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Aperture Celebrates 65 Years at the “Elements of Style” Gala

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Gigi Hadid, Iman, and Anja Rubik Casey Kelbaugh/Aperture Foundation

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Zackary Drucker with Aperture's winter 2017 issue "Future Gender" Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Elizabeth Kahane, Cathy Kaplan, Chris Boot, Susan Gutfruend, Judy Glickman Lauder, Anja Rubik, and Edward Enninful Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Kwame Brathwaite, Iman, and Chris Boot Casey Kelbaugh/Aperture Foundation

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Vinoodh Matadin, Charles Star Matadin, and Inez van Lamsweerde Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Chris Boot and Edward Enninful Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Missy O'Shaughnessy, Chris Boot, and Cathy Kaplan Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Sherry Bronfman, Alexe Belle, Kwame Brathwaite, Tanisha C. Ford, and Isis Valentino Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Elizabeth Kahane, Cathy Kaplan, Susan Gutfruend, and Judy Glickman Lauder Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Anja Rubik and Iman Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Marc Sebastian and Hari Nef Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Richie Shazam Khan and Chloe Wise Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Tim Doody and Chris Boot © Patrick McMullan Company/Aperture Foundation

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Judith Light gives a tribute to honoree Zackary Drucker Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Bill and Elizabeth Kahane Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Inez van Lamsweerde and Naomi Campbell Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Chris Boot and Peter Barbur Lauren Harper © Aperture Foundation

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Jeff Hirsch, Mike Starn, Anne Pasternak, and Doug Starn © Patrick McMullan Company/Aperture Foundation

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Gigi Hadid, Naomi Campbell, and Edward Enninful Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Anne Stark Locher and Kurt Locher © Patrick McMullan Company/Aperture Foundation

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Kwame Brathwaite and Iman Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Daniel Lönnström, Richie Shazam Kahn, Chloe Wise, and Louise ParkerMadison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Gigi Hadid Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Jessica Nagle, Cathy Kaplan, and Sarah McNear Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Taia Kwinter and Uma Thurman Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Daniel Lönnström, Hari Nef, Chloe Wise, and Marc Sebastian Casey Kelbaugh/Aperture Foundation

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Anna Rachminov and Allan Chaplin Casy Kelbaugh/Aperture Foundation

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Zackary Drucker and Mx Justin Vivian Bond Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Stephen Galloway Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Naomi Campbell and Edward Enninful Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Paola Kudacki and Anja Rubik Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Sofia Sanchez de Betak Sean Zanni ©Patrick McMullan

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Malu Alvarez and Lindsey Butler Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Kwame Brathwaite recieves a standing ovation Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Chloe Wise, Matthew Foley, Conor Lucas, Richie Shazam Kahn Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Naomi Campbell Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Kwame Brathwaite and Dawoud Bey Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Kate Schelter previews square prints on view, part of The Magnum Square Print Sale in Partnership with Aperture ©Patrick McMullan

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Richard Gregg, David Solo, Darius Himes, Michael Hoeh and guest Casey Kelbaugh/Aperture Foundation

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Hemant Kanakia and Tony White Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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McKenzie Nagle, Jessica Nagle, and guests Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Nadiya Williams Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Judy Glickman Lauder ©Patrick McMullan

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Kate Schelter Roxxe Ireland © Aperture Foundation

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Inez van Lamsweerde Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Judy Glickman Lauder and Leonard Lauder ©Patrick McMullan

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Nadiya Williams and Svetlana Acquista Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Cena Jackson, Chelsea Kozak, and Kate Schelter Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Tanya Supina, Jessica Nagle, Tony White, Gideon Bosker ©Patrick McMullan

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Stuart Cooper Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Elaine Goldman and David Raymond Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Atmosphere Casey Kelbaugh /Aperture Foundation

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Tom Schiff, Chris Boot, and Mary Ellen Goeke Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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Guests at the "Elements of Style" GalaCourtesy of Max Mikulecky

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Dinner scene at the "Elements of Style" GalaLauren Harper © Aperture Foundation

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Zanele Muholi and Dawoud Bey Lauren Harper © Aperture Foundation

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Michael Famighetti and Tanisha C. Ford Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Fatiha Ibrahimi and Anne Griffin ©Patrick McMullan

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Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino of St. Beauty Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Sara Friedlander Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Matthew Foley and Kwame Brathwaite dressed in Thom Browne Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Bill Kahane, Rebecca Hayward, and Sam Lawson Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Elyse Harary, Lawrence Benenson, Kwame S. Brathwaite, Kwame Brathwaite, and Sherry Bronfman Lauren Harper © Aperture Foundation

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Mike Starn and Casey Weyand Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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veryAdvanced Sean Zanni/PMC © Patrick McMullan

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Guests at the 2017 Aperture Gala, Elements of Style Lauren Harper © Aperture Foundation

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Richard Renaldi and Seth Boyd Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

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The Aperture team Madison Voelkel © Aperture Foundation

On October 30, Aperture honored a group of extraordinary image-makers—Zackary Drucker, Kwame Brathwaite, and Inez & Vinoodh—who are influencing how we look, how we dress, and how we can imagine, and reimagine, ourselves. Aperture’s “Elements of Style” Gala, which took place in the Frank Gehry–designed IAC building, attracted stars of art, film, and fashion, including Edward Enninful, Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell, Judith Light, Iman, Hari Nef, Gigi Hadid, Sofia Sanchez de Betak, Dawoud Bey, Zanele Muholi, Chloe Wise, and Jimmy Moffat. Throughout the evening, a presentation of images played on a city block–length screen. Musical entertainers included Mx Justin Vivian Bond, St. Beauty, and Anohni.

Together with more than 450 guests, Aperture celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary of serving the art, story, and community of photography “not by looking backward to its past glories,” in the words of British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enniful, “but by celebrating photography’s role in shaping our futures. It’s a time to express ourselves in a way that reflects ourselves, our stories, our communities, to our fullest potential; to be the truest version of ourselves that we can be.” The event was cohosted by Enniful; philanthropists Susan Gutfreund, Judy Glickman Lauder, and Elizabeth Ann Kahane; Aperture’s Board Chair Cathy M. Kaplan; actress and model Hari Nef; and activist and model Anja Rubik.

“For real and lasting change, we need allies from across the cultural landscape, allies who recognize the importance of ceding control of trans narratives back to the trans people who live them. Aperture is such an ally,” said Zackary Drucker, artist, trans activist, and producer of Amazon’s Emmy-winning series Transparent. Drucker is the guest editor of Aperture’s forthcoming winter 2017 issue, “Future Gender,” which considers the power of photography to shape trans lives around the world. “I’m in awe of the work we can do together.”

Inez & Vinoodh, some of the most celebrated and influential photographers working in fashion and art today, then premiered a striking video of their fashion images, set to a previously unreleased recording by Anohni. “At the root of our work lies the wish to visualize all the options of expression that a human face and body have, and to construct a heroic image of those in front of our lens,” said Inez van Lamsweerde.

The final guest to be honored, Kwame Brathwaite, advanced the idea “Black Is Beautiful” in the 1960s through his fashion photography and social activism. As author and scholar Tanisha C. Ford noted in her tribute to the Harlem photographer, “Brathwaite’s images envisioned what black beauty might look like for those who lived in the 1960s, and they continue to do so for a generation today.”

Over the preceding Gala Weekend, the festivities kicked off with a tour of The Richard Avedon Foundation, followed by studio visits with Daniel Gordon and Alison Rossiter, as well as tours of collectors’ homes, Staley-Wise Gallery, and The Glass House.

On the evening of the Gala, during a dining experience designed by Angela Dimayuga, Sara Friedlander of Christie’s presided over a live auction, which featured works by Diane Arbus, Horst P. Horst, Inez & Vinoodh, Saul Leiter, Sally Mann, Joel Meyerowitz, Richard Misrach, Sebastião Salgado, Stephen Shore, Pete Souza, and Paul Strand. Also at the venue, to mark Aperture’s sixty-fifth anniversary, the Magnum Square Print Sale in partnership with Aperture featured forty-eight museum-quality 6-by-6-inch prints for sale for $100 each, by Bruce Davidson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Todd Hido, Mary Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Penelope Umbrico, Alex Webb, and many others. The prints are available for sale online through Friday, November 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m. EST.

Read more about the Aperture Gala on VOGUE.

Aperture’s endeavors are only possible with the help of Gala patrons and Aperture Members. Click here to donate to Aperture’s Annual Fund or join our community as an Aperture Member.

The 2017 Aperture Gala and Auction was generously supported by:

Ingram, Christie’s, Foto Care, Artsy, Emily Thompson Flowers, Fine Art Frameworks, Hypno, photograph magazine, Patrick McMullan Company, Stella Artois, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Ziobaffa.

Gala Committees 

Leaders
Anonymous
Sb Cooper* and R. L. Besson
Elizabeth* and William Kahane
Cathy M. Kaplan* and Renwick D. Martin
Leonard and Judy Lauder
Anne Stark Locher* and Kurt Locher
Jessica Nagle* and Roland Hartley-Urquhart
Thomas R. Schiff*

Gala Committee
Malú Alvarez
Anonymous
Rita Anthoine
Peter Barbur* and Tim Doody
Dawoud Bey*
Allan Chapin* and Anna Rachminov
Andrew Craven
Fine Art Frameworks
Foto-Care Ltd.
Annette Y. Friedland*
Elaine Goldman* and John Benis
Barbara M. Goodbody
Great Bowery
Howard Greenberg
Susan Gutfreund
Darius Himes, Christie’s
Michael Hoeh*
Ingram Content Group
Darlene Kaplan and Steve Zuckerman
Hemant Kanakia
Michèle Gerber Klein
Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg
Raymond Learsy
Susana Torruella Leval*
Marina and Andrew Lewin
Nion McEvoy*
Patrick McMullan
Sarah Anne McNear*
Joel Meyerowitz*
Helen Nitkin*
Catherine Opie
Melissa* and James O’Shaughnessy
Louise Parker
Lori Perlow
Sarah Gore Reeves*
Leslie Simitch
David Solo*
Etheleen Staley and Taki Wise
Severn Taylor* and J. Scott Switzer
Willard Taylor* and Virginia Davies
Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont
Barbara and Donald Tober
VLM Productions
V+S Company
John C. Williams
Whit Williams
*Aperture trustee

The Photo Party Committee
Joshua Citarella
Dianna Cohen
Awol Erizku
Matthew Foley
Liz Grover
Alexander Hurst
Richie Shazam Khan
Samuel P. Lawson
Joshua Lewin
Sarah Meyohas
Antwaun Sargent
Rory Satran
Catherine Smith
Chloe Wise
Esther Zuckerman

Additional support from:
Ann Ames
Anonymous
Joe Baio and Anne Griffin
Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman
Sylvia Hemingway
Philippe Laumont
Aliya and Aren LeeKong
David Moscow
Yancey Richardson
Salon 94
Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović
Casey and Lauren Weyand
Paul G. Wolf’

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