Acolman 1 is an artwork created by Aaron Siskind, an American photographer who is renowned for his unique and inspiring abstract photographic works.
This gelatin silver print was produced in 1955 and measures 23.7 x 33.0 cm (9 5/16 x 13 in.). Acolman, just north of Mexico City, was the site of ancient Toltec ruins that inspired Siskind’s series on the archaeological remains. Siskind’s preference for texture-rich objects like walls, stacks of boulders, or cracked asphalt informs his exploration of form through imagery stripped of its accustomed functions.
The abstract expressionist style he pioneered received praise from peers and museum curators alike as it effectively conveyed these subjects’ inherent beauty that would normally go unnoticed. His dedication to this approach earned him a distinct place in photographic history.