Artists 'reimagine' iconic photography

Story highlights

  • Aperture asks 10 artists to create new works inspired by images from its backlist
  • Finished works used in Aperture's 60th anniversary multimedia exhibit
  • Reinterpreted works take various forms: photo books, video slideshows
Photographers and artists have a long relationship with art books as vehicles that share their work with audiences beyond the gallery circuit. But do those books have a shelf life beyond their era?
To explore their influence on contemporary artists, photography nonprofit Aperture Foundation asked 10 artists to create new works inspired by a photo book or magazine from the publisher's backlist. The final "responses" make up the multimedia exhibit "Aperture Remix: A 60th Anniversary Celebration" at New York's Aperture Gallery. The exhibit will travel internationally after the show ends Nov. 17.
Viewers will be able to see the original books and images that inspired the "interventions," which come in various forms, from new photo books and video slideshows to a functioning camera made of books.
"We want everyone to be able to look at the original work in its purest form as prints, how they were reproduced in Aperture books and what the artists were able to do with it," said Lesley Martin, publisher of the Aperture Foundation's book program and the foundation's director of content.
"It was a good time in general to look at the way the photo book ha