I accept the flat plane of the picture surface as the primary frame of reference of the picture. The experience itself may be described as one of total absorption in the object. Rocks are sculptured forms; a section of common decorated ironwork, springing rhythmic shapes; fragments of paper sticking to a wall, a conversation piece. And these forms must finally take their place in the tonal field of the picture, forced into new relationships.

Aaron Siskind

Photograph by Ira Garber

The original owner of these prints received them directly from Aaron Siskind, who was a teacher at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence at the time. The original owner was a graphic designer at Malcolm Grear, Inc.—Grear was also a RISD alum and teacher and they had met through him. Above is a photograph of the original owner (left) with Siskind (center), and Dale Chihuly (right), who was also a professor at RISD .