1937, printed later Aaron Siskind Born: New York, New York 1903 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1991 gelatin silver print sheet: 10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Tennyson and Fern Schad, courtesy of Light Gallery © 1937, Aaron Siskind Foundation 1990.73.4 Not currently on view
In this untitled photograph Aaron Siskind focused on the regular grid of boarded-up windows on a derelict tenement building. Once portals into intimate domestic spaces, the windows represent loss in a community plagued by poverty, unemployment, and racial discrimination. Building on the traditions of social documentary photographers before him, Siskind used his camera to raise public awareness of Harlem’s struggle, even as he created a modernist work of art.
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Architecture - domestic - apartment
Cityscape - New York - Harlem
Cityscape - New York New York
photography - photoprint
About Aaron Siskind
Born: New York, New York 1903 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1991
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