Rock by Ocean; Siskind, Aaron; 1944; 1977:0017:0003


Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop


Rock by Ocean

About this object

Aaron 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.

Siskind's abstract photographs from the late 1940s and early 1950s reject the third dimension and belie the notion that photography was tied exclusively to representation. This image was taken in Gloucester, MA and is a close cropped view of rock abstractions.

Place Made

Gloucester, Massachusetts


Siskind, Aaron

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Medium and Materials

Gelatin Silver Print

Inscription and Marks

Verso: [pencil] Rock by Ocean
Gloucester, Mass 1944


Image: 41.8 x 28.9 cm
Overall: 61.1 x 50.9 cm

Subject and Association Keywords

20th Century Photography

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gelatin silver

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Credit Line

Estate of Barbra Blondeau

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