aperture has been originated to communicate with serious photographers and creative people everywhere, whether professional, amateur, or student. Most of the generating ideas in photography now spread through personal contact. Growth can be slow and hard when yon are groping alone.
This rationale or working method for the miniature camera is one of discovery. One of using the accidental intelligently; one of treating the camera as an investigating tool to uncover the emotional blind spots of the prejudiced human eye.
Perhaps the old literacy of words is dying and a new literacy of images is being born. Perhaps the printed page will disappear and even our records be kept in images and sounds. Perhaps the new photograph-writing — so new we have no word for it — is a transition form, and perhaps, instead, it is, in embryo and by virtue of principles now being discovered and applied, the form through which we shall speak to each other, in many succeeding phases of photography, for a thousand years or more.
/ NANCY NEWHALL can be called a historian of the contemporary scene. She is a critic, a biographer of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, a writer at various lengths on many other photographers, and at odder moments than imaginable, a photographer.
/ The San Francisco Museum of Art has just been able to purchase (by the efforts of a hard-working committee to raise funds) fifty-eight prints by Alfred Stieglitz. The addition will give importance to a collection which already has a strong nucleus of photographs by west coast creative photographers.