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Doylestown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Aaron Siskind


Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) Marker image. Click for full size.
August 6, 2011
1. Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) Marker
Inscription. Preeminent 20th century photographer. Siskind’s influential images of Bucks County architecture from 1939 to 1945 brought about a change from documentary style to a radical abstract style, setting a new standard in American art photography.
Erected 2004 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 40° 19.62′ N, 75° 7.653′ W. Marker is in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is on East Swamp Road (Route 313) just east of N. Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Doylestown PA 18902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charles Sheeler (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Chapman Mercer (approx. 0.4 miles away); Casimir A. Sienkiewicz (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bucks County War Memorial (approx. one mile away); James A. Michener (approx. one mile away); Doylestown High School (approx. one mile away); Bucks County (approx. one mile away); W. W. H. Davis (approx. one mile away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Doylestown.
Also see . . .  Aaron Siskind - Wikipedia. Includes
Aaron Siskind image. Click for full size.
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2. Aaron Siskind
photo of the artist. (Submitted on August 29, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 
Additional comments.
1. Aaron Siskind - Brief Biography:
Aaron Siskind was born on December 4, 1903 in New York. He was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants and the fifth of six children. After receiving his Bachelor of Social Science degree from College of the City of New York in 1926, he went on to teach high school English for 21 years in the New York public school system.

His first loves were music and poetry, but he took an interest in photography in 1930 (when he received his first camera as a going- away present before his honeymoon trip to Bermuda), and began his photography career as a documentarian in the New York Photo League in 1932. From 1936 to 1940 he oversaw the League’s Feature Group as they created documentary photo-essays of political import including Harlem Document, Dead End: The Bowery, Portrait of a Tenement, and St. Joseph’s House.In the early 1940s, his work shifted to the abstract and metaphoric as Siskind cultivated friendships with such Abstract Expressionists as Franz Kline, Barrett Newman, Adolph Gottlieb, and Mark Rothko, and began to exhibit work at the Charles Egan Gallery.
Photography Book by Aaron Siskind, c. 1930's image. Click for full size.
By Aaron Siskind
3. Photography Book by Aaron Siskind, c. 1930's
  — Submitted January 2, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
Credits. This page originally submitted on . This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on . Photos:   1. submitted on .   2, 3. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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