Harry Callahan: A Retrospective Collection of Later Color Photography
An American original and a self-taught photographer, Harry Callahan (1912-1999) was one of the first to do strictly art photography. Callahan became a major figure in American photography by means of his genius and work ethic. His photography was his life in many ways, and he told his life through his photography.
Callahan’s only education in photography consisted of attending lectures while a member of the Detroit Photo Guild. He experienced an exhibit of the photographs of Ansel Adams as an inspiration, and was similarly moved by the work of Alfred Stieglitz. Within eight years he’d become one of America’s most eloquent poets of the camera. Through the invitation of Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Callahan become part of the teaching staff of Chicago’s Institute of Design, a continuation of the Bauhaus school of thinking about art that blended in the work of artisans with the fine arts.
From the late 1940s to early 1960s, his central model and muse was his wife Eleanor Callahan, and after 1950, his daughter Barbara. By the 1970s he had begun to focus on color photography, and a number of those works are represented in this collection.
A Documentary Interview: Harry Callahans’s Visions and Images
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