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This excellent collection of Callahan's photographs accompanies a national tour of his work. Curator Greenough's (Robert Frank: Moving Out, LJ 10/15/94) decision to arrange the images chronologically works well to illustrate both the themes central to the photographer's aesthetic and his development as an artist. From early experiments using multiple exposures and light painting to the most recent color cityscapes, Callahan has sought to explore photography's potential. He often returned again and again to the same subject in a quest for yet a new way to "see" it via the camera. Now in his eighties, Callahan is a 20th-century master of American photography who places the highest value on the process of self-realization through image-making rather than on any individual photograph or series of photographs. His life's work stands as convincing testimony to this ideal. This retrospective will be a fine addition to public and academic photography collections.?Kathy J. Anderson, Indiana Univ., Bloomington
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Photographer Callahan has been at the top of the list for half a century (he had his first one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1948), and because his pictures have been so individual, so elegant, so purely seen, they are as fresh today as ever. The plainspoken Callahan decided early that photography could be the medium for "some set of values that I am trying to discover and establish as being my life." He has never focused on public themes, however, but on familiar landscape and one... read more
Boldly innovative and technically experimental, Harry Callahan (1912-1999) used double exposures, color, extreme contrast, and wide-angle photography to create lyrical, highly personal images. He was celebrated as a photographer of nature, the city, and women - often using his wife, Eleanor, for a model. Throughout his five-decade career, he quietly but consistently explored new ways of looking at and presenting the world. First published by Bulfinch in hardcover to accompany a major Callahan exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1996, this elegant examination of the central themes in Harry Callahan's work is an essential volume for longtime fans and an invaluable introduction for those new to his work. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.