New York (1951) by Aaron Siskind

New York - Aaron Siskind - 1951

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TitleNew York
ArtistAaron Siskind
Date1951
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
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About New York

Aaron Siskind was an American photographer born in New York in 1903 who pioneered abstract photography. His photographs typically focused on close-up views of weathered walls, stacked boulders, and cracked asphalt that conveyed the qualities of expression inspired by music and literature. While examining his works on a deeper level, one can appreciate their uniqueness to the art form and explore internal formal relationships rather than recognizable objects. One notable work by Siskind is New York – a photographic series capturing moments from the streets of New York City. As part of this series, he explores different neighborhoods throughout New York City in his signature style – examining the textures, shadows, and forms seen on buildings’ surfaces rather than showing bustling city life or capturing portraits. Each image presents its own visual narrative that reflects upon the people living within these spaces. Siskind’s focus on abstraction makes for a compelling composition that prompts introspection about contemporary urban society through photography. His pieces demand close inspection because they offer insight into how individuals consume information from their field of vision while parsing memory as an aid to inform future shots similar to what many street photographers currently practice today.

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