Harry Callahan


    • Male


    About the artist

    1912: Born in Detroit, Michigan

    Born in Detroit, Michigan and began photographing in 1938 as an autodidact. During that decade he worked for General Motors photo lab in Detroit. About 1946, was supported by László Moholy-Nagy to teach photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago. Callahan retired in 1977 when he was teaching at the School of Design Rhode Island.

    His daughter Barbara was born in 1950. Even before birth and in the photographs of the pregnancy of Eleanor, wife of the photographer. Between 1948 and 1953 Eleanor (and sometimes Barbara) in the photos of landscapes as a counterpoint to large expanses of parks, skyline or the sea.

    He photographed his wife Eleanor, and daughter Barbara and the streets, scenes and buildings of cities where he lived, showing a strong sense of line and form, light and darkness. Worked with multiple exposures and other techniques such as double and triple exposures, blurs and small film or large format. Callahan's work was a very personal response to his own life: He was well known for encouraging his students to turn their cameras on their lives, and he gave his life example. Callahan photographed his wife, as the main theme for a period of fifteen years. Eleanor was essential to his artistic creation from 1947 to 1960. The photographed everywhere: At home, on the streets of the city, in landscapes, alone or with his daughter, in color or black and white, in nude ...

    He died in Atlanta in 1999, leaving around 100,000 negatives and 10,000 proofs. The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, which actively collects, preserves and makes available to the public the work of American photographers of the twentieth century, retains its photographic archive.

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