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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Born 4 December 1903; died 8 February 1991. Siskind took his first photographs while on vacation in Bermuda in 1930. In 1932 Siskind worked as a freelance photographer. In 1935 Siskind photographed the Harlem district of New York City, New York for the "Harlem Document". From 1951 to 1959 Siskind served as a professor of photography at Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1959 he became director of the photography department, a position he held until 1970. Siskind was a founding member of the Society for Photographic Education in 1963. In 1981 Siskind photographed in Peru.
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Aaron Siskind
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