Pleasures and Terrors


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CHIARENZA, Carl. Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors. Boston: Little, Brown, 1982. Tall quarto, original brown cloth, original dust jacket. $700.

First edition, signed by Siskind on the flyleaf, with 74 duotone and 198 halftone plates.

“Siskind, like so many of his painter friends, had discovered the power of abstraction in the early ‘40s and he made it his own, uniquely photographic language” (Roth, 152). In the introduction to this lavishly illustrated study of the photographer’s life and work, art historian Carl Chiarenza writes: “Siskind’s work reflects one man’s struggle to understand his life in relation to the world. His imagery, on one level, is autobiographical, encompassing all the many political, social, sexual, aesthetic, and introspective observations of a long and complex life.” Published in conjunction with a major retrospective of Siskind’s work at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.

Images clean and bright, lightest toning to rear panel of photographic dust jacket. About-fine.

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