"You take a canvas, divide it up like a checkerboard... and go from there." - Man Ray

Aaron Siskind
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Published
February 25, 2023
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Aaron Siskind
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  • Duration 17 minutes
  • Producers Edgar Howard, Pamela Emil
  • Director Ted Haimes
About Film

Both the object and the idea are in varying degrees of harmony and dominance‚Ķ Almost inevitably there are tensions in the picture, tensions between the outside world and the inside world. For me, a successful picture resolves these tensions without eliminating them.“- Aaron Siskind, 1954

Aaron Siskind is most remembered for his imaginative photography of two-dimensional surfaces.

This film surveys Siskind’s work over half a century, from his social documentaries of the 1930s to the forms and abstract imagery of found objects, stone walls, and graffiti of ensuing decades.

The photographer is filmed on location in Martha’s Vineyard and Lima, Peru.

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