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Aaron Siskind


Untitled, from Harlem Document

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gelatin silver print


9 7/16 in. x 7 7/16 in. (24 cm. x 18.9 cm.)

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In 1932 Aaron Siskind helped to found the New York Film and Photo League, an organization of artists who used the camera to address social and political issues of the day. Siskind and others worked during this period to document the predominantly African American community in Harlem. Here a woman is seen climbing the stairs of a building whose ceiling was literally coming apart. Whereas other documentary photographers showed the progress achieved by New Deal policies during the Great Depression, Siskind’s work in Harlem Document sought to express the difficult realities confronting many at this time. A former English teacher in the New York public schools, at mid-century Siskind became a leading voice in social documentary and fine art photography circles.

Portfolios: OLD_FEATC|EDUC2221_181025|Fay|Speech and Protest in America