From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitlePleasures and Terrors of Levitation #37
About this objectAaron Siskind was an American photographer who documented depression era New York City and is credited with influencing the abstract expressionist movement of the 20th century.
This photograph is number 37 from the series “Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation”. The images enforce the idea that a successful picture resolves the tensions between the outside world and an inside world without eliminating those tensions. The black and white images portray a bold human figure centrally located in the picture and floating against a white sky. The figure in each photo appears to be “levitating” in space. Some seem to defy gravity by driving upward; others fall alarmingly backward.
Place MadeChicago, IL
Portfolio TitlePleasures and Terrors of Levitation
Medium and MaterialsGelatin Silver Print
Inscription and Marks“To Alice & Dan, Greetings! 1965” Aaron [signed]
MeasurementsImage: 17cm x 11.5cm
Subject and Association Keywords20th Century Photography
Subject and Association KeywordsJumping
Subject and Association KeywordsPortraiture
Subject and Association KeywordsMale Figure
Credit Linegift of the estate of Alice Wells
Copyright LicenceAll rights reserved