New York 40 (1986) by Aaron Siskind

New York 40 - Aaron Siskind - 1986

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TitleNew York 40
ArtistAaron Siskind
Date1986
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
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About New York 40

Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) was an American photographer who was known for his abstract style, and highly regarded as a prominent member of the abstract expressionist movement. Siskind began his photography career during the 1930s, shooting social documentaries like Harlem Document. His works showcase a wide range of subjects, from lava formations to graffiti walls. One of his most notable pieces is New York 40, taken in 1986. This photograph depicts an aged brick wall with peeling paint and layers of old posters. The composition is filled with jagged shapes and fragmented text, exploring themes of urban decay and transformation. Siskind believed that abstract photography could reveal greater truths about the world beyond mere representation. He taught photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago and later at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he inspired many young photographers to explore abstraction in their own work. Overall, Aaron Siskind’s New York 40 showcases his unique ability to capture beauty in unexpected places using abstraction. His work continues to influence contemporary photographers today.

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