Aaron Siskind

1903–1991

Biography

Aaron Siskind (December 4, 1903 – February 8, 1991) was an American photographer. He is considered one of the greatest artists in photography, and was closely involved with, if not a part of, the abstract expressionist movement.

Siskind was a grade school English teacher in the New York Public School System for 25 years, and began photography when he received a camera as a wedding gift and began taking pictures on his honeymoon. Early in his career Siskind was a member of the New York Photo League, where he produced several significant socially conscious series of images in the 1930s, among them "Harlem Document".

Siskind's work focuses on the details of things, presented as flat surfaces to create a new image independent of the original subject, creating sublime works unique to art.

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