Aaron Siskind: Photographs. Introduction by Harold Rosenberg. Designed by Ivan Chermayeff. Horizon Press, New York, 1959. Unpaged. First edition. INSCRIBED on front free-endpaper, "To my beautiful student ____/All the best/Aaron Siskind/ 5/3/71." Folio. Black clothbound stamped in silver. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous black-and-white reproductions. Accompanied by a silver gelatin print, "Olive Tree, Corfu, 33" (7 x 9 in.; dry-mounted; signed and dated on mount), which was part of the 1971 Senior Portfolio at the Institute of Design (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago) where the recipient of the inscription was a student (a letter from her is included). |
"...the images in Photographs are among [Siskind's] most sophisticated and deft. Working with found, often abject elements of the material and natural world--with peeling plaster, splattered tar, rust, graffiti, rocks, a curl of seaweed in the sand--[he] reduces subject matter to pure form"--Vince Aletti writing in Roth, et. al., The Book of 101 Books
Fine- nice bright boards with a bit of wear to extremities; jacket Near Fine jacket with wear to upper edge and a 1 1/2" closed tear to corner; print Fine.