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Siskind, Aaron. AARON SISKIND 100. New York City, NY: PowerHouse Books, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 176 pages. Fine.

Commemorative Retrospective Monograph. One of the most beautiful books on the photographic art and achievement of Aaron Siskind ever published in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Daniel Power and Blind Spot: Oversize-volume format. Red cloth boards with full-size photographic reproduction pasted on the cover and black titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Photographs by Aaron Siskind. Except for Siskind's personal credo, there is no text. Tritone separations by Thomas Palmer. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper by Hatje Cantz in Germany to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the great American photographer's 100th-Birthday Anniversary. Presents "Aaron Siskind 100". A sublime collection. "One of the most important and influential artists, Aaron Siskind is being celebrated with the publication of this sumptuous and comprehensive monograph, bringing together both well-known and never-before-published images. Siskind's prolific career spanned six decades and has left its mark on both photography and art history. In 1932, at age twenty-nine, Siskind began his career as a photographer and spent the next nine years, under the auspices of the New York Photo League, working on social documentary photography. Around 1940, Siskind made a shift towards abstraction and suddenly entered an art world populated by painters and sculptors. During the course of the decade, Siskind began to explore a vision that depended on the shallow plane, and utilized delicate, minimal designs" (Charles Traub). The Photograph became The Object: Siskind's style of gesture and nuance, a new form of visual calligraphy, dominated his work for the next forty years, and ran parallel to the developments of his colleagues, the Abstract Expressionists. Siskind was not only a key figure to the development of modern photography, but also influenced the work of painters of that period, including Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, and Robert Rauschenberg. "For the first time in my life, subject matter, as such, had ceased to be of primary importance. Instead I found myself involved in the relationships of these objects so much so that the pictures turned out to be deeply moving and personal experiences" (Aaron Siskind). An absolute "must-have" title for Aaron Siskind collectors. This title is a classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command many hundreds of dollars. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 104 tritone plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER AARON SISKIND TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1576871940. $200.00

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