Aperture Gallery

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Aperture gallery was definitely the most interesting out of all four for me. Apart from the content, I loved their nicely organized display style. I was mainly fascinated by two things: the contact sheets/ negatives and the 9/11 section.

The whole gallery had plenty images of contact sheets and negatives by the various photographers. Displaying the raw images is indicative of the original untouched nature of the photographs, which seems more rare in today’s digital photoshop age. The authenticity of these photographs, along with their very dangerous and crucial subject matter (such as the shooting and capturing of a man), make these images very attractive. On some of the larger ones, one can see the photographer’s pen marks making selections and possible choosing the best ones.

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The 9/11 section was a great display that truly gave the viewer a sense of the magnitude of the tragedy and its impact on the city and people alike. However, the best part for me were actually not the photographs but the supporting content in the form of copies of emails from The New York Times Magazine. Photographs definitely allow a viewer to be transported and get a sense of the moment, but with added pieces such as the letters, the context is stronger and much more imaginable to the human mind.

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