Harry Callahan

“Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters.” – Harry Callahan:

Harry Callahan, born in Detroit, Michigan, was an influential 20th century American photographer.

He photographed his wife and daughter and the streets, scenes and buildings of cities where he lived, showing a strong sense of line and form, and light and darkness. Even prior to the birth his daughter showed up in photographs of Eleanor’s pregnancy. From 1948 to 1953 Eleanor, and sometimes Barbara, were shown out in the landscape as a tiny counterpoint to large expanses of park, skyline or water.

Detroit 1943

Lake Michigan

Callahan photographed his wife over a period of fifteen years, as his prime subject.

A master of multiple exposure (many of the photographs here are layered with ghost images), Callahan was also capable of disconcerting concentration on objects that most people wouldn’t bother to call subjects – a lamppost, a flagpole, a Florentine alleyway.

Harry Callahan Self portrait

Callahan was one of the few innovators of modern American photography noted as much for his work in color as for his work in black and white.

 A large collection of Harry Callahan‘s works are now showing @ Tate Modern


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