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The Aperture Foundation / Paul Strand Archive
Photo: Tailor's Apprentice. Lizzara, Italy. Copyright Aperture Foundation, Inc. / Paul Strand Archive
Tailor's Apprentice. Lizzara, Italy.
Copyright Aperture Foundation, Inc. / Paul Strand Archive
Aperture Foundation maintains the Paul Strand Archive. Located in Lakeville, Connecticut, and Millerton, New York, the Archive is an invaluable resource for the study of photographic modernism and its origins. Containing the life's work of master photographer Paul Strand -- negatives, prints, correspondence, writings, personal library and memorabilia -- the Archive was entrusted to the Foundation in 1983. The collection also includes work by many seminal photographers such as Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Bill Brandt, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Danny Lyon, Aaron Siskind, Jerry Uelsmann, Edward Weston and Minor White.

Aperture's publications -- more than 450 books and 157 issues of the periodical Aperture going back to 1952 -- are themselves a rich archive of the history of photography.

While museums and institutions have recognized the special demands of preserving "art" photography since the late nineteenth century (and individual practitioners since the beginning of photography), we have been slower to recognize the value in preserving vernacular images. Fortunately, such images are now getting their due in the form of archiving, exhibitions, publication, even a growing collector's market. Most major collections, like the archive in Stephen Poliakoff's "Shooting the Past," encompass both fine art and vernacular images. Collections often reflect the tastes of an institution or individual collector. They allow, to varying degrees, public access to rare or unique material. In some cases they allow for the work of individual photographers to be appreciated in great depth, providing a kind of paper trail of the photographer's daily life -- what they saw and how they saw the world during a given time period. Exhibitions and publications are by necessity very selective, collections less so.

Michael L. Sand, Executive Editor,
Aperture Foundation

Photo: Wall Street, New York, 1915. Copyright Aperture Foundation, Inc. / Paul Strand
Wall Street, New York, 1915.
Copyright Aperture Foundation, Inc. /
Paul Strand Archive

Sometimes I do get to places just when God^s ready to have somebody click the shutter -- Ansel Adams, 1902-1984. US Landscape photographer and conservationist.

 

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