Detail View

Rocks (Martha's Vineyard)
Date: 1954
Dimensions: image (flush): 16 1/4 x 13 3/16 in. (41.3 x 33.5 cm) mount: 16 1/4 x 13 3/16 in. (41.3 x 33.5 cm) mat: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Medium: gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Director's Fund Purchase
Label Text: Immersed in the aesthetic of Abstract Expressionism, Siskind used his camera to similarly emphasize texture and the graphic qualities of flat forms and rhythmic lines. He was one of the first photographers to create images that were both realistic and abstract. He often achieved this through closely-cropped views that eliminated visual context. Siskind began to photograph objects at close range in the early 1940s. Like his Expressionist friend, Franz Kline, Siskind sought to compose images that reflected his emotional state. Teaching at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) Institute of Design, Siskind influenced a new generation of photographers, including Alan Cohen.
Object Number: 1960/1.125
Currently not on view