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For this year’s Summer Open, Aperture’s annual open-call exhibition, we asked photographers to consider the ways in which our current reality might echo outlandish narratives of science fiction. The title Black Mirror is borrowed from the 2011 British television series of the same name, which imagines a dystopian near future—a Twilight Zone for the age of the smartphone.

        Photographs have been described as mirrors throughout the medium’s history. The twenty-four projects here—culled from more than five hundred entries, and representing diverse subjects and photographic approaches—reflect aspects particular to our current moment. Their concerns run the gamut, from how technology increasingly permeates daily life, such as in series that reference big data, Bitcoin, and WikiLeaks; to projects on the opposite end of the spectrum, about off-the-grid communities that have rejected contemporary life. Other submissions engage the misused landscape, utopian architecture, real-estate development, capitalism and magic, cultural dislocation, and the vocabularies of science and science fiction. Some works invoke a more ambiguous feeling of unease.
        As today becomes tomorrow and photography increasingly surrounds us, perhaps this medium provides our best gauge of where we are headed.

 

—Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine

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Inside Summer Open Selections

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A sneak peak at the selections for the Summer Open, opening at Aperture Gallery on July 16.

Announcing the 2015 Summer Open

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From over five hundred applicants, twenty-four photographers consider the ways in which our current reality might outpace outlandish narratives of science fiction.

A Q&A on the 2015 Aperture Summer Open

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Aperture magazine editor Michael Famighetti on his choice of this year’s Summer Open theme and his selection process.

Aperture Summer Open
Call for Entries is now Open!

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Announcing our 2015 Summer Open Exhibition, “Black Mirror.” Deadline for entry is April 8.

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Recap: 2014 Aperture Summer Open Opening Reception

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A recap of the Aperture Summer Open opening reception on July 17th, 2014 at Aperture gallery.

Preview: 2014 Aperture Summer Open Exhibition

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Aperture executive director Chris Boot on his selections for Aperture’s first annual Summer Open Exhibition at Aperture Gallery.

2014 Call for Entries is Now Closed!

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The entry period for the 2014 Aperture Summer Open is now closed. Thanks for entering!

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