Aaron Siskind
[Photographer, b. 1903, New York, d. 1991, Providence, Rhode Island.]

 It makes no difference what the subject matter is. The idea, the statement, is the only thing that counts. 
 I want to bring my pictures to the ideal of music. Like music, it means everything, it says everything, but it is objective. 
 I accept the flat picture surface as the primary frame of reference of the picture. (1956) 
 Every object, to me is a very alive thing. In Gloucester, one summer, the rocks began to seem so animate I could hardly bear to walk over them. 
 I may be wrong, but the essentially illustrative nature of most documentary photography, and the worship of the object per se in our best nature photography is not enough to satisfy the man of today, compounded as he is of Christ, Freud, Marx. The interior drama is the meaning of the exterior event. And each man is an essence and a symbol. 
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