Over 500 guests gathered on Monday, October 28th at the IAC HQ for the Aperture 1/1 Benefit and Auction to support Aperture Foundation’s education and visual-literacy programming. The guests were mostly creatives in the fields of photography, art, fashion, media and music.
There was an exciting performance by Albert Hammond, Jr. who performed songs from his new EP, AHJ. Special guests Henry Wolfe and Phil Carluzzo were also in attendance and performed an original score to Manhatta, the 1921 short film by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler. The beautiful film displayed Manhattan in the early 20th century inspired and including the writings of Walt Whitman. The primary objective of it was to explore the relationship between photography and film, which it does beautifully, as camera movement is kept to a minimum.
TAMARYN performed a special guest DJ set. Throughout the night, a video installation created for Aperture by Trollbäck + Co. lit up the room. There were some incredible commissioned photographs and unique experiences up for auction led by charity auctioneer CK Swett. Almost all of the wonderful works auctioned off exceeded their estimated values. Aperture had a silent auction as well on Instagram with was curated by Kathy Ryan, director of photography at the New York Times Magazine. It featured over 80 works by notable figures in art, photography, fashion and entertainment. Guests included Michael Avedon, Patrick McMullan, Sandro Miller, Eve Reid, Jakob Trollbäck, Eddy Segal, Olivia Bee, Bob Gruen and many other influential artists.