Curatorial Research Bureau
Curatorial Research Bureau


CRB offers for sale over one thousand titles on art, design, architecture, poetry, film, and critical theory by writers, publishers, and cultural institutions from around the world. The inventory is provided in part by Berlin-based publisher and distributor Motto Books, with direction about particular themes, ideas, and artists occupying our attention at a given moment. Our inventory also reflects conditions closer to home—the cultural, urban, and academic contexts of the Bay Area and California—with books by nearby writers, publishers, and artists.

If you have any questions about our inventory, email Wei Wang, CRB Bookshop Coordinator.

Visit the CRB at 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, to purchase books.

Bookshop / Selected Titles


Bookshop / Aperture

In 1952, the first issue of Aperture, a quarterly journal devoted to creative photography, launched in San Francisco. Founded by a small circle of photographers and critics—Minor White, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, Ansel Adams, Nancy and Beaumont Newhall, Ernest Louie, Melton Ferris, and Dody Warren—Aperture’s stated mission was to communicate with “serious photographers and creative people everywhere, whether professional, amateur or student.” Teacher, writer, and influential photographer Minor White serves as editor, and was involved until his death in 1976. In 1953 Aperture’s editorial offices move to Rochester, New York, and eventually New York City. 

Aperture magazine has consistently claimed photography’s place in the contemporary arts while distributing images and writings by practitioners who challenge the limits of the medium. Recognizing both Aperture’s legacy and photography’s important history in San Francisco, Curatorial Research Bureau and the Aperature Foundation have partnered to regularly present a selection of recent issues of the magazine combined with archival issues (many featuring Bay Area luminaries) that exhibit a cross section of photography past and present.

Bookshop / Publishers

2nd Cannons, Aperture Foundation, Carla, East of Borneo, Filip Editions, Inventory Press, Motto Books, New Documents, Onomatopee Projects, Primary Information, Soberscove Press, Sternberg Press, Koenig Press, Mousse Publishing, Eros Press, Roma Publications, Paraguay Press, Wiels, and many more.