Aaron Siskind

The Siskind Variations

A Quartet of Photographs & Contemplations by Aaron Siskind

Orchestrated & Edited by Michael Torosian


For fifty years Aaron Siskind was a commanding presence in the art world, a tribute to a unique vision that created works regarded as milestones of photography in the twentieth century.

The Siskind Variations presents a series of four monologues (predicated on the examination of four photographs from each decade of the 1940s to the 1970s) in which Siskind contemplates the diversity of influence and circumstance that guided his life and work. Edited from interviews conducted by Michael Torosian, The Siskind Variations offers autobiography and philosophy with directness and candor - a rare insight into the rich creative life of a major American artist.


Composed in Linotype Trump Mediaeval with Optima for display and printed on Mohawk Letterpress Text. A previously unpublished portrait of Siskind by Joyce Culver as well as a portrait from 1931 by Harry Callahan have been printed on gelatin-silver paper and tipped in. The four monologues are illustrated with four accompanying duotone reproductions printed on Warrens Lustro Cream Dull. Quarter bound in natural linen and Canson paper over boards in the uniform style of the series. Thirty-six pages, 6 x 9 inches. Edition 190. April 1990. Homage Volume IV.


American Institute of Graphic Arts, Certificate of Excellence, Limited Edition Book Design.


Out of print.