Chicago 6 (1961) by Aaron Siskind

Chicago 6 - Aaron Siskind - 1961

Artwork Information

TitleChicago 6
ArtistAaron Siskind
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
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About Chicago 6

Chicago 6 is an iconic gelatin silver print created by renowned American photographer Aaron Siskind. Born in 1903, Siskind began his photography career in 1932 and gained critical acclaim for his radical approach to image-making. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Siskind focused on exploring internal formal relationships within an image rather than capturing recognizable objects or scenes. One of Siskind’s most notable works is Chicago 6, which is part of his “Chicago” series from the early 1950s.

The series features abstract black-and-white images that focus on details of the city’s architecture, often emphasizing texture and form over function.

His work influenced later generations of photographers who sought to move beyond traditional representational images to explore more personal forms of expression. In addition to his “Chicago” series, Siskind also photographed buildings designed by architect Louis Sullivan in the early 1950s. These photographs focused on Sullivan’s elegant use of ornamentation and demonstrated how even humble structures could be transformed into works of art through thoughtful design choices. Overall, Aaron Siskind’s focus on exploring formal relationships within images has left a lasting impact on the world of photography and continues to inspire artists today.

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