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hawkins bolden
eugene von bruenchenhein
eileen doman
paul duhem
howard finster
william hawkins
s.l. jones
gilles manero
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 Aaron Siskind: American (1903 - 1991)

Aaron Siskind
Martha's Vinyard #4C (1950)
Gelatin Silver Print
Aaron Siskind

about the artist

  • 1903 Born December 4, New York City.
  • 19151926 Educated in New York City at De Witt Clinton High School, and City College, B.S.S. in Literature.
  • 19261947 English instructor in New York City public school system.
  • 19361941 Active in the reorganized New York Photo League. Established the Feature Group, a documentary production unit, as part of the Photo League School. Produced group and Independent photo-series including: The Catholic Worker Movement; Dead End: The Bowery; The End of City Repertory Theatre; The Harlem Document; Lost Generation: The Plight of Youth Today; The Most Crowded Block in the World; Park Avenue: North and South; Sixteenth Street: A Cross-section of New York; and Tabernacle City.
  • 19431944 Created increasingly symbolic and abstract photographs based on discarded and found objects on Martha's Vineyard and in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
  • 19471949 Taught photography at Trenton Junior College, Trenton, New Jersey.
  • 19471951 Exhibited regularly at Charles Egan Gallery. Elaine de Kooning wrote "The Photographs of Aaron Siskind" as the introduction to a 1951 exhibition of Siskind's photographs at the gallery.
  • 1950 Wrote "Credo" as an artist's statement for a symposium titled "What is Modern Photography?", organized by Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
  • 1951 Taught with Harry Callahan during the summer at Black Mountain College.
  • 19511971 At the invitation of Harry Callahan, Siskind joined the faculty of the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He was Professor of Photography until 1959, when he became Director of the Photographic Department. He led and participated in advanced student projects including: Apartment interiors of the Mies van der Rohe Lake Shore Drive Skyscrapers, A Chicago Settlement House, The Chicago Housing Authority, The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan (also called the Louis Sullivan project), Details of the Human Body, The Park System of Chicago, and The Series Form. Travels in Greece and Rome.
  • 19631964 Founder-member of the Society for Photographic Education. Board member, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
  • 19661983 Receives numerous awards including: Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Gold Star of Merit award from Philadelphia College of Art, an NEA grant, and the Governor's Prize for the Arts, Rhode Island.
  • 19711976 Taught photography with Harry Callahan at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.
  • 1984 Incorporated an eponymous foundation that is set up to inherit his vintage photographs, the income from which he mandates be used in support of contemporary photography.
  • 1991 Died in Providence RI, February 8, 1991 at 87 years old.

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