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 you are groping alone.
Forty years after its origination, Aperture celebrates the founders' affirming spirit. Seventy photographers published in Aperture since 1952 selected three photographs especially for this anniversary issue. One image from each artist was chosen.
Hoffman speaks candidly about the early days with Minor White and Paul Strand and about the development of Aperture.
ROBERT ADAMS: The poet Wilfred Owen observed, "Above all, I am not concerned with Poetry." You are quoted as having said to friends in a similarly surprising way that you are not interested in Photography. How are we to understand that statement?
Foreseeing gentle protests from photographers who claim that they can not stand words with photographs (and who can not understand photographs without words) we append here a verbalization of the visual editorial in this issue entitled Beyond Art.
Barbara Morgan, a remarkable pioneer in photography and one of the founders of Aperture, died on August 17, 1992, at the age of ninety-two. Although most celebrated for her extraordinary studies of modern dance in the late 1920s and early '30s, her entire artistic career was fluid, searching, and widely embracing.