[Toronto]: Lumiere Press, 1990. Octavo, 23.6 x 16.1 cm. Cased in quarter natural linen and grey Canson paper over boards. Printed paper label to the spine and ‘AS’ printed in black to the lower outer corner of the upper cover. Plain beige endpapers. pp.  8-30, . A fine copy. The text was set in Trump Mediaeval and printed on Mohawk Letterpress Text paper. Two photographs printed on gelatin-silver paper are tipped-in: the first is a previously unpublished portrait of Siskind by Joyce Culver, produced from the original negative; the second is a portrait of Siskind from 1951 by Harry Callahan, produced from a copy negative. Four duotones further embellish the book, one for each of the four monologues or ‘contemplations’ comprising the text. Each duotone represents a decade in Siskin’s career, beginning with the 1940s and ending with the 1970s. The duotones were printed by The Porcupine’s Quill. The Siskind Variations was designed, composed, printed, and bound by Michael Torosian. From a numbered edition of 190 copies, this copy being number 8. A further 26 lettered copies were produced for the printer’s retention. This copy is signed and dated in ink by Siskind on the recto of the front free endpaper.
Accompanied by a copy of the prospectus and a standing order form, both laid in. The prospectus measures 22.3 x 10.1 cm, and the order form 21.5 x 13.9 cm. Both are printed on the recto only. The Siskind Variations was the fourth title appearing in Lumiere’s Homage series. Item #268
“Aaron Siskind was born in New York in 1903. His interest in the arts first led him to an involvement in music and writing. However, by the time he was thirty, they were displaced by his discovery and passion for photography.
His early work is best defined by his participation in the Photo League and the documentary essays he both coördinated and contributed photographs to, notably, ‘Harlem Document’. By the end of the 1930s Siskind had abandoned this pursuit as he discovered his own photographic vocabulary in increasingly abstract imagery. This breakthrough led to works now regarded as milestones of photography in the twentieth century, an assessment reinforced by Siskind’s presence in major collections throughout the world as well as retrospective exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Eastman House, Rochester. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966. In addition to his photography, Siskind’s legacy is his contribution as a teacher at the Institute of Design, Chicago and the Rhode Island School of Design.” — Michael Torosian.