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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


Exhibition Label

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

Keywords

Architecture - domestic - apartment

Cityscape - New York - Harlem

Cityscape - New York New York

photography - photoprint

paper

gelatin silver