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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 31. Aaron Siskind (1903–1991)

In a 1982 interview, Siskind commented about his relationship with his parents. “I never had any real emotional attachment and certainly no intellectual relationship with them—right from the start I was a street child.” Perhaps that explains his fondness for art found on the streets of New York City, where he was born and raised—anything from close-ups of graffiti to ragged posters peeling off of a wall.

As a child Siskind became interested first in poetry. He came to find poetry “painful” because he had trouble creating the right words. It wasn’t until he got married that he showed an interest in photography, which he called a medium of immediacy—you get to see the picture right away.

Before Siskind became ...

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