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Peru 129

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© Aaron Siskind Foundation.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Aaron Siskind
American, 1903–1991

About this artwork

Although he began his career as a documentarian, Aaron Siskind quickly became known for photographs that concerned themselves with exploring internal formal relationships rather than depicting recognizable objects. Active in the artistic milieu of postwar New York, Siskind made photographs in dialogue with the work of the Abstract Expressionist painters, with whom he was socially and professionally close. He sought to find a new language for photographic depiction that could transcend what was in front of the camera. “First, and emphatically,” he wrote in 1950, “I accept the flat plane of the picture surface as the primary frame of reference of the picture.” Siskind’s radically abstract photographs of walls covered with graffiti, chalk, or peeling paint and paper would be recognized as a pioneering development in 20th-century photography.

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Aaron Siskind


Peru 129


United States


Made 1977


Gelatin silver print


Inscribed recto, lower left, below image, in black ink: "Peru 129 1977"; signed recto, lower right, below image, in black ink: "Aaron Siskind"; inscribed verso, lower center, in graphite: "P129 3/77 / 4"; verso, lower left, in graphite: "6" [encircled]


24.3 × 24.4 cm (image); 35.5 × 27.7 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Waldo and Suzanne Fielding

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© Aaron Siskind Foundation.

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