Three Photographers Push the Limits of Black and White at Pace/MacGill
Image rights: © The Estate of Harry Callahan, Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
"Harry Callahan: The Street"
Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2016
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of The Rossy Family Foundation
A highly influential artist and teacher, Harry Callahan produced photographs that combined elegant precision, sensuality, and restless experimentalism. He used the camera as a tool of personal expression, once proclaiming, “photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure.” He often turned his camera onto his own life, his wife serving as one of his most beloved and frequent subjects, her importance to his practice such that she was once called “an additional f-stop on his lens.” Constantly testing the limits of his medium, Callahan created photographs that surpassed factual representation, revealing the graphic beauty in the everyday. He taught alongside László Moholy-Nagy and earned the deep admiration of Edward Steichen, who included his work in several exhibitions.
American, 1912-1999, Detroit, Michigan