QUESTION & ANSWER
BY DAVID WALKER
HISTORY WILL GUIDE THE
FUTURE AT APERTURE
Late last year The
which will celebrate
its 60th anniversary
in 2012, appointed
Chris Boot as their new
executive director. Boot
joined Aperture after
having spent his career
as a photographers’
notably with Magnum as
their director in London
and New York, and as an
award-winning photo book
editor and publisher, with
Phaidon Press and Chris Boot, LTD, an imprint he founded.
© AdAm Kr Ause
At his first press conference as executive director, which took place at
Aperture’s New York gallery in May, Boot discussed Aperture’s original
mission statement, which delineated the foundation’s aspirations to be
a central meeting point for ideas, discussion, and the advancement of
the photographic medium. The foundation’s past, Boot appeared to be
saying, would be the guide to its future. “We have a lot of work to do,”
Boot told the crowd.
Seven months into his tenure, Boot sat down with PDN to discuss how
the work of reshaping Aperture is coming along.
—Interview by Conor Risch
Above: Chris Boot at Aperture Gallery and bookstore. Exhibition on
PDN: What appealed to you about becoming
view: “Wind, photographs by Jungiin Lee,” presented by Aperture and
sepiaEYE in March 2011.
Executive Director at The Aperture Foundation?
CHRIS BOOT: I’ve worked with Aperture over
the years, and been inspired and motivated by
its work, and I wanted to be part of it. I feel like
my history, combining work in education, in representing and promoting photographers, in community building, in publishing and working on
magazines, has all been preparation for doing this
job. I saw a place here where I thought I could be
And I love it—I wake up every day excited about
what we can do.
PDN: What is your mandate?
BOOT: Above all, my job is to establish the organization on a sustainable and viable basis for the
future. The worlds of photography and photography publishing are changing so fast. These are
dynamic and challenging times, and we have to
figure out how we adapt to a new environment,
to rethink what we do and how we do it.
PDN: How can Aperture fulfill its potential?
BOOT: There are a lot of people out there, involved in or inspired by photography, who want
to meet and talk and digest what’s happening in
Online News Digest
The following are excerpted from breaking news stories
Guy Martin Returns Home
posted recently on PDNOnline. To read the complete
stories and to find more news, posted daily, check out
The 28-year-old British photographer who was
seriously injured in a deadly attack in misrata, Libya,
April 20 was finally released from the hospital and
returned home to his family June 2. Photojournalists
Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed in the
same attack, while michael Christopher Brown was
also injured, though less seriously than martin. http://
In Vampire Weekend Case, Photographer’s
Lawyers Petition to Quit
Attorneys representing Tod Brody, the photographer at
the center of a legal battle over the image on the cover
of a Vampire Weekend album, have asked to withdraw
from the case because their client is allegedly not
cooperating, and not paying his bills. Brody has been
accused of licensing the image with a forged model
Twitpic Runs Roughshod Over Image
A deal made by a London celebrity photo agency to
distribute images uploaded to the photo sharing
service Twitpic left Twitpic users without a share of
any of the licensing revenues, and underscored the lack
of control that they have over their images on Twitpic.
© Ami T sHA’AL
Sha’al photographed modern-day Israeli scenes while
holding decades-old photos of the same street.
World Press Photo Closes Beirut Exhibit
The organizers chose to close the show after Lebanese
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