Recap: 2015 Aperture Summer Open Opening Reception

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


On Thursday, July 16, Aperture held the opening reception of the 2015 Aperture Summer Open exhibition, an annual open-submission exhibition about the character of photography now, to which all photographers are invited to submit work. The exhibition will be on view at Aperture Gallery through August 13.

The theme of this year’s Summer Open is “Black Mirror.” The title Black Mirror is borrowed from the 2011 British television series of the same name, which imagines a dystopian near future—a Twilight Zone for the age of the smartphone. More than 500 photographers applied to this year’s call for entries, and 24 were selected by Aperture magazine editor Michael Famighetti. Before the opening, Michael Famighetti invited the participating photographers to talk about their work in the Aperture gallery.

See the full list of photographers included in the exhibition here.



Aperture deputy director Sarah McNear welcomes Aperture members to the Summer Open walkthrough before the opening


Artist Felix R. Cid talks about his piece Untitled (Detroit),2014



Artist Sarah Meyohas talks about the process behind her work from the series BitchCoin, 2014


Artist Balarama Heller explains the work from his series, Sparrow Mountain, 2010–14


Artist Farah Al Qasim talks about her Dubai-based series, The World is Sinking, 2013–14


Artist Ben Freedman talks about his work from the series Dark Matter, 2014


Artist Emmanuelle Andrianjafy stands by her work from the series We’re Moving to Kounoune, 2015


Artist Emmanuelle Andrianjafy talks with a guest at the reception for the Summer Open


Artists Emmanuelle Andrianjafy, Philippe Branquenier, Ben Freedman, and Brandon Nichols


Artist Balarama Heller with guests


More than 300 guests attended the opening reception Thursday night at Aperture Gallery in New York

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All images © Max Mikulecky and Nahshon Outten