AO On Site – New York: Aperture Foundation’s Sixtieth Anniversary Gala Dinner & Photography Auction, October 23rd, 2012

October 26th, 2012

Performance artist Joey Arias with 60th gala cake

Tuesday night marked Aperture Foundation’s Sixtieth Anniversary Gala Dinner & Photography Auction. The live auction featured an incredible selection of 60+ works up for grabs by such notables as: Diane Arbus, Chuck Close, Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, Vik Muniz, Hank Willis Thomas and William Wegman.

Aperture at Sixty

The live auction featuring Lot 61: Nan Goldin “Brian in Bed”

Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with each other—in print, in person, and online. Founded in 1952 by some of the most significant photographers of all time, including Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, Minor White and others, Aperture was established as “common ground for the advancement of photography”. Aperture today is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community.

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark

The gala paid direct tribute to Henry Buhl, Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, John Gutfreund, Lynne and Harold Honickman, Mark Levine, Frederick Smith, and the many photographers and writers whose work has shaped the Aperture legacy. Proceeds from the auction benefited Aperture’s critically-acclaimed publications and exhibitions, innovative public programs, and the ongoing discovery of new visionaries making breakthroughs in the photographic medium.

Aperture Foundation patrons Celso Gonzalez and Sandra Gilman (left and middle)

Lot 61: Nan Goldin “Brian in Bed”


Photographer Stefan Ruiz


Photographer Steven Shore

Collector Bill Hunt with guests

Aperture Foundation director Michael Foley with Ken Triwush and Peter Berberian

Photographer Elliot Erwitt


Collector Tehzeen Vohmann

Photographer Andrea Blanch and Aperture Foundation’s Publicity Manager Barbara Escobar

Aperture Foundation’s Director Michael Foley with patron

Aperture Foundation’s Executive Director Chris Boot



Photo installation at the event

The event

The event

All photos by C. Dalaeli for Art Observed

Aperture Foundation