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Aaron Siskind "Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation (#63)" 1956
[Celebrating The Negative]
1956 (original image) 2008 (publication)
Gelatin silver print
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson
Hands: Amy Rule, 8.20.93
Beginning in 1953, Aaron Siskind photographed men sprawled against the sky as they dove or jumped into the water. The second frame from the bottom of this strip of negatives is #63 in the series he titled Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation.
As the editors of Minicam magazine cautioned when printing a portfolio of Siskind's work, "Documentary pictures are as often a document to the singular point of view of the photographer as they may be to the scene itself."
Or as Siskind put it in 1958, "The emphasis of meaning [in a photograph] has shifted shifted from what the world looks like to what we feel about the world and what we want the world to mean."
This photograph is included in the portfolio Celebrating the Negative photographs by published by John Loengard, Etherton Gallery (2008), pl. 16
All photographs copyright ® John Loengard. Gelatin silver prints printed by Chuck Kelton, Kelton Labs, New York City, under the direct supervision of John Loengard. Printed on Ilford Multigrade Warm Glossy paper. Design and portfolio box construction by Jace Graf, Cloverleaf Studio, Austin, Texas.
Celebrating The Negative/Photographs by John Loengard was published by Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, in March, 2008, in an edition of eighteen portfolios, including fifteen numbered copies and three artist's proofs.