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Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation, No. 99

Accession Number
1986/1.184

Title
Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation, No. 99

Artist(s)
Aaron Siskind

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1961

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
6 13/16 in x 4 9/16 in (17.3 cm x 11.59 cm);4 5/8 in x 4 1/2 in (11.75 cm x 11.43 cm);19 3/8 in x 14 3/8 in (49.21 cm x 36.51 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Betty Parsons Foundation

Subject matter
In this image, a leaping man is pictured in mid-air. Taken at a fast shutter speed from a low vantage point, the man appears suspended, with arms outstretched and legs tucked backward. A play of highlights and shadows accentuates his musculature and the tension of his posture. The sky behind is rendered as a uniformly bright field of white. It is part of a series of photographs by Siskind, which feature the athleticism of people jumping off the Chicago waterfront.

Physical Description
A photograph of a leaping man in mid-air with arms outstretched and legs tucked backward viewed from below.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
air (material)
arms (animal components)
bathing suits
legs (animal components)
male
males
modern and contemporary art
suspended (positional attributes )
waterfronts

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