Aaron Siskind was born in New York City in 1903. After graduating from the College of the City of New York in 1926, he began teaching English in New York Public schools. He was a member of the Film and Photo League of New York from 1932-1935 and the Photo League from 1936-1940. During this period he produced some of his major documentary work including, “Tabernacle City”,”Bucks County” and “Harlem Document”. In 1951 he first taught photography with Arthur Siegel and Harry Callahan at Black Mountain College and later joined Callahan as a teacher at the Institute of Design. In 1952 he began a project with his students which involved the documentation of Chicago architecture. It was during this time that he made the photograph which is included in this portfolio. Siskind left the Institute of Design in 1971 and joined the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design.