Executive Director Chris Boot and photographer Mick Rock at “Aperture” magazine’s relaunch party Feb. 27.

Aperture Magazine, a staple in the photography world, is back with more attitude and a vibrant new look. First published more than 60 years ago, the fine-art photography publication has revamped its design, which features additional pages, new columns and even more insight from many of the world’s most recognized artists. The magazine celebrated its re-launch last night at the Tribeca hotspot, Macao Trading Co.

Executive Director Chris Boot, and Editors Michael Famighetti and Melissa Harris, who envisioned a redesign with a more focused experience for readers, conceived the newly restyled Aperture as part of an effort to expand the magazine’s audience and broaden its take on photography.

Many notable photographers were among those who attended the private re-launch party, including Bruce Davidson, Henny Garfunkel and Mick Rock, who’s referred to as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies.”   He is best known for his work featuring rock and roll icons such as David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust days, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.

More than 300 guests gathered in the speakeasy-styled watering hole in hoards, celebrating the magazine which many called a “lasting presence” in fine-art photography publications.

“I loved the old magazine, but I love the new [Aperture],” said Henny Garfunkel, who has long been a film photography luddite, shooting for various publications like Vogue and New York Magazine.

Henny Garfunkel

Photographer Henny Garfunkel says she thinks “film [photography] is the best to tell a [visual] story.”

“I’ll shoot film until electricity runs out,” she joked. “It’s important to support printed magazines [like Aperture] and to come out to these types of events.”

The flagship publication of the Aperture Foundation is among the leading photography magazines in the world. It is highly regarded as a forward thinking publication among the industry’s most acclaimed photographers.

Each revamped issue will now feature double the number of pages with a reformatted larger trim size than in previous editions.

It will also include thematic works on the pulse of contemporary photography  in two new sections: “Words,” highlighting interviews, debates and ideas, and “Pictures,” which illustrates stunning images, enhancing the readers’ visual experience.

The remodeled magazine’s debut issue features contributions by leading photography curator Charlotte Cotton, Jeff Wall and Christopher Williams, among others.

The spring issue arrived on newsstands on February 26 and is touted under the moniker “Hello, Photography,” exploring the broad selections of photography in the here and now.

For more information, visit www.aperture.org

— Anissa Stocks

Photos by Roman Yee