Artists > Siskind, Aaron
Born in New York City in 1903, artist and educational theorist Aaron Siskind has a prominent place in the history of American photography. He was the only photographer to take part in the “Abstract Expressionism” art movement, which has inspired the work of remarkable painters such as Willem DeKooning, Barnett Newman and Franz Kline. In the 1930s, Siskind was mostly interested in documenting the burning social conditions of his time. Only after many years of exhaustive examination of his social environment, he started to use the photographic medium as a means for self-exploration. Siskind’s work focuses on the study of the formal relationships between light, structure and texture, and his approach questions the common perception of decay and regeneration through the isolation and re-contextualization of everyday objects. His cutting-edge artistic practice has proven photography’s potential as an abstract form of expression and as a medium with an aesthetic purpose in itself. Aaron Siskind died in Providence, Rhode Island in 1991.