Both a master photojournalist and avant-garde experimenter, Arthur Siegel is celebrated for a body of work encompassing straight-shot documentary photographs and commercial assignments, and semi-abstract images exploring new color technologies. His work as a photojournalist began in the 1930s for The New York Times, and included thousands of assignments for other major news organizations. He also worked for the Farm Security Administration, the Office of War Information, and the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. In 1946, while maintaining his photojournalistic and commercial practice, he became head of the photography department at the Chicago Institute of Design, at the invitation of László Moholy-Nagy. There he pushed color photography to creative and symbolic extremes through his evocative explorations of tone, blurring, light, and shadow. Siegel was fascinated with the singular characteristics of his uniquely light-based medium, and often attempted to photograph light itself.