INSCRIBED BY AARON SISKIND TO ARNOLD CRANE
SISKIND, Aaron. Aaron Siskind Photographer. Rochester: Eastman House, (1965). Quarto, original red cloth, original dust jacket. $2200.
First edition of this Eastman House retrospective, with 44 finely-screened halftones, inscribed on the title page, “To Arnold Crane with best wishes, Aaron Siskind.”
Although Aaron Siskind began his career as a documentary photographer, the 44 full-page halftone images collected here are reflective of his interest in abstract expressionism. “If Siskind’s elegant, static images of natural details, or of crumbling walls and peeling posters, are at odds with the sense of movement that characterizes stream-of-consciousness photography, what both have in common is the 1950s concern with gesture” (Parr & Badger, 250). “We can only marvel that the most commonplace subject matter becomes poetic, and that the fragment becomes an artistic unit” (Beaumont Newhall). This retrospective of Siskind’s work was prepared for a comprehensive exhibition at the George Eastman House in 1965 and contains, in addition to his photographs, an informative introduction, two essays, and a statement by the photographer. Recipient Arnold Crane, in addition to being one of the most noted American photographers of the 20th century, was also one of the preeminent photography collectors in the country. With Crane’s copy of the Dart Gallery (Chicago) announcement for its 1977 Siskind show laid in.