Aaron Siskind and
Louis Sullivan

Jeffrey Plank

In 1954 the photographer Aaron Siskind mounted a major exhibit of photographs of Louis Sullivan buildings at the Institute of Design in Chicago. Earlier, in 1952, Siskind and his advanced photography students undertook a comprehensive photographic survey of more than 60 Sullivan buildings. 35 of these buildings were represented in 126 photographs at the exhibit. Although Siskind planned immediate publication of the project photographs, this book marks their first publication after more than fifty years have passed. Startling for its juxtaposition of ornamental details and carefully composed building portraits, Siskind's striking photography and equally innovative exhibit installation challenged prevailing thinking about Sullivan.

10" x 12" cloth binding, 272 pp., 2008