Favorites: Black and White Abstract Photos by Aaron Siskind

In Black and White Photography, Photographer on July 4, 2010 at 9:49 am


One of our photographic legends is Aaron Siskind. With a wide ranging body of work, we are attracted to the images influenced by the Abstract Expressionist New York school of artists found in the Forties and Fifties.

His work in Black and White distills an object’s essence in an unique manner by employing brilliant use of light and shadow. A 3-D effect is often present in his abstracts.

Photographer and educator Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) holds a preeminent place in the history of American photography. Beginning his photographic career in the 1930’s as a social documentarian with the New York Photo League, he ultimately radicalized the medium by emphasizing the photograph as an abstract form of expression and an aesthetic end in itself. Siskind taught in New York City’s public schools for 25 years before becoming recognized as a photographer and then a gifted pioneer of photographic education. His vision and methods have and will continue to inspire and instruct future generations of artists and teachers.

We are including a reference site maintained by his Foundation. For aspiring photographer’s, note the grants program the Foundation offers.

For more information and a selection of images: Aaron Siskind

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