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"AARON SISKIND: HARLEM PHOTOGRAPHY"
1999-08-11 until 1999-10-10
Carlos Museum of Emory University
USA United States of America
An exhibition of the documentary photography of
Aaron Siskind (American, 1903-1991), will be on display at the Michael C.
Carlos Museum of Emory University in its First Floor Galleries. Aaron
Siskind: Harlem Photography will run through Oct. 10.
Early in his career, Aaron Siskind was attracted to documentary
photography. He joined the New York Photo League, an offshoot of the
radical Film and Photo League, that was committed to documenting the urban
social scene. The sympathetic eye Siskind brought to his subjects is
clearly illustrated in this selection of photographs from the Harlem
Document, an in-depth photographic project sponsored by the Film and Photo
League. This was perhaps the first time a white photographer documented
this black community. His work of the 1940s often shows an elimination of
depth and an abstraction of the markings of time and human presence that
evince his association with the Abstract Expressionists. SiskindŐs
interest in the play of light and shade and concentration on detail,
evident in photographs such as Back Yard, Harlem and Airshaft, Harlem,
prefigure his later style.