Born in New York City in 1903, Aaron Siskind did not begin photographing until 1930. He was self-taught and began documenting Harlem, which led him to the Photo League in 1932. He was interested in abstraction and focused on photographing texture, shape and abstract images. He was a very close friend of Franz Kline and even homaged him in a series of photographs. In 1951, Harry Callahan asked Siskind to join the faculty at the Institute of Design (ID). They spent decades together teaching many photographers. Siskind ended his teaching career at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and photographed prolifically until his death at the age of 88.