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    Please qualify why :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee
    Aaron Siskind

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    Good question, but hard to answer...
    Which do I prefer? It would be hard to say, both were so fantastic. I love the abstracts of both...Weston seemed more organically abstract, while Siskind was manufactured, or man made??
    Maybe others have a beter grasp on their approaches? lee?

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    Aaron Siskind was an early influence in my photographic life. I simply liked his eye and his way of photographing better than Brett Weston. I was privileged several years ago to see a retrospective of Aaron Siskind's work. It was at The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ on the campus of University of Arizona. Siskind would have been 100 years old that year. He was also the only photographer that was asked to exhibit with the likes of abstract expressionist Frans Kline. That art movement was very big in the 50's and early 60's. What I find interesting is that even though Siskind was a big influence on my start as a photographer, my work has really never followed his style. Siskind's approch to photography was one, in my mind, of solving problems that painters often work on/with. Too try to compare Weston and Siskind would take too much web space and is really just a subjective comparison. Both were excellent image makers. But it was Siskind that I became aware of first.

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    Edward Weston, Paul Strand and Minor White!
    I hope this help you with your doubts.

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    I think that Minor White was very good, but that Weston and Strand are over-rated.
    I'll take Brett Weston over his dad any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootsy
    I think that Minor White was very good, but that Weston and Strand are over-rated.
    I'll take Brett Weston over his dad any day.


    Strand and E. Weston are what???????
    Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, but I believe you must be joking with me hã????
    Thanks for the laugh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootsy
    I think that Minor White was very good, but that Weston and Strand are over-rated.
    I'll take Brett Weston over his dad any day.
    ibid.

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    Captain or Tenile?
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    Thank you Lee.

    I asked you to elaborate as Siskind and Brett Weston are like chalk & cheese, and wondered why you chose Siskind. I have to admit to only seeing a small amount of Siskind's worl in publications but I can understand why Siskind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee
    Aaron Siskind was an early influence in my photographic life. I simply liked his eye and his way of photographing better than Brett Weston. I was privileged several years ago to see a retrospective of Aaron Siskind's work. It was at The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ on the campus of University of Arizona. Siskind would have been 100 years old that year. He was also the only photographer that was asked to exhibit with the likes of abstract expressionist Frans Kline. That art movement was very big in the 50's and early 60's. What I find interesting is that even though Siskind was a big influence on my start as a photographer, my work has really never followed his style. Siskind's approch to photography was one, in my mind, of solving problems that painters often work on/with. Too try to compare Weston and Siskind would take too much web space and is really just a subjective comparison. Both were excellent image makers. But it was Siskind that I became aware of first.

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    I like them both. As Lee pointed out Siskind was a major contributor to the modern art movement in New York in the 50s. His work was often displayed along side De Kooning, Kline, Motherwell and other abstract expressionists. He was also personal friends with these artists and worked to add his voice to modern expression. I have seen his work at the Art Institute of Chicago and it only confirmed in my mind Siskind's ability to transcend the medium. That is the ability to make the viewer completely lose himself in the image and forget it is a photograph.

    I consider Brett one of the ten greatest photographers of all times. IMHO his image, Garapata Beach is one of the most perfect photographs ever made.
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