About Aperture at Sixty Library
Aperture was founded in 1952 by photographers Minor White, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Barbara Morgan; historian Beaumont Newhall; and writer/curator Nancy Newhall, among others. With scant resources, they created a new quarterly periodical, Aperture, to create “common ground for the advancement of photography.” They believed that participants in an emerging photographic culture needed to be able to “talk straight to each other, discuss the problems that face photography as profession and art, share their experiences, comment on what goes on, descry the new potentials.” Its founders’ goals continue to drive the organization, and in 2012, Aperture publishes its 208th issue of the magazine.
As Aperture marks its sixtieth anniversary in 2012, the organization continues to publish the magazine and books. The shared goal of both programs is to champion important photographic work, past and present; promote major contributions to the history of photography; and launch previously unpublished photographers at the beginning of their careers. The Aperture at Sixty Library reflects some of the highlights of Aperture’s publishing program, and its contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.