Aperture’s inspiration can be found in the early twentieth century, in Alfred Stieglitz’s famed "laboratory centers" and his influential publication, Camera Work. It was Stieglitz and such associates as Edward Steichen and Paul Strand who promoted photography as a new and powerful medium of artistic expression. For the first half of the century, because Stieglitz’s galleries were small and his periodical short-lived, there were only modest opportunities for the masterworks of an extraordinary generation of European and American photographers to reach the public. Reflecting on Alfred Stieglitz’s accomplishments, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, Minor White, together with historian Beaumont Newhall, and writer Nancy Newhall, created a new periodical. Aperture's unique purpose includes providing access to the achievements of the medium's past masters and to the ongoing contributions of contemporary photographers, including those artists who draw image and inspiration from photography as they probe newly emerging frontiers of communication. In 2005, Aperture’s three-thousand-square-foot gallery opened in New York’s Chelsea art district. Since then, Aperture has exhibited an eclectic and critically acclaimed array of shows.
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