Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Aaron Siskind

When discussing Aaron Siskind, he is a difficult man to classify. He is best known for his extraordinary photographs of wall details. It is no accident that his photographs have similarities to the Abstract Expressionist painters. He was an Abstract Expressionist, but instead of using a paintbrush he used a camera. Franz Kline was a close friend. Wilhelm De Kooning sites Siskind as a significant influence. Like Ansel Adams Siskind’s photographs are very precise. Unlike Adams Siskind seemed to be more concerned with the concept of pure space rather than any individual subject. Adams and Siskind are of the same generation and each man’s influence on contemporary photography worldwide is huge.

The photographs