Three Photographers Push the Limits of Black and White at Pace/MacGill
1949, printed later
Image Size: 7.875 x 9.625 in. (19.8 x 24.4 cm), matted, unframed.
Sheet Measures: 8 x 10 in. (20.4 x 25.5 cm).
One of the most significant American photographers of the 20th century, Harry Callahan is known for his bold and innovative explorations of form and content in nature, the urban landscape, and everyday life. This is also true of a series of images depicting his wife Eleanor made in the late 1940s and 50s. Callahan's portraits were not intended to capture personality or emotion but rather to serve as a vehicle for visual explorations into light, form, and composition.—Courtesy of Skinner
Signature: Signed "Harry Callahan" with a stylus below the image l.r., signed "Harry Callahan" in pencil on the verso u.c.
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