Harry Callahan 1912-1999

 
Harry Callahan (1912-1999) was inspired to take up photography after hearing Ansel Adams speak, Harry Callahan was largely self-taught, though he did receive encouragement in his pursuits from such luminaries as Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz.

His method was to wander the streets most mornings, and in the afternoon he would experiment with proofs of his best negatives. Despite this quasi-daily routine, his final output was no more than a half a dozen final images per year, demonstrating the intensity and rigour of his selection process.

For subject matter, Callahan chose his immediate surroundings, from family, most especially his wife Eleanor Knap, to street scenes, to the landscapes from his escapes to the countryside. In much of his work he experiments with abstraction, each one a poetic reflection on his lived experience.


In 1946 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy invited Callahan to join the staff of the Institute of Design in Chicago. In 1948 his work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Callahan's archive is maintained by The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.

1912
Born: in Detroit, MI

1938
Began as an amateur photographer when he was clerk in the shipping department of Chrysler Motors

1941
Joined the Chrysler camera club and then the Detroit Photo Guild where he met many established photographers, including Ansel Adams

1942
Traveled to New York to meet Alfred Stieglitz

1946
Asked to join the photography faculty at the Institute of Design in Chicago by Arthur Siegel

1961
Left Chicago to head the photography department at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1973
Stepped down from the chairmanship in 1973, but continued teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design.

1996
Awarded the National Medal of Arts.

1999
Died in Atlanta, GA

Selected Exhibitions:

2010
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (solo)
Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, New York, NY
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Sala Municipal de San Benito, Valladolid, Spainbr>StGalerie Iserlohn, Iserlohn, Germany
IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen, Belgium

2009
Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY
Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - de Young, San Francisco, CA
Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Kunsthandel JMaaBerlin, Germany
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Hasted Hunt, New York, NY
Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, NY
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Fundacion Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain

2008
Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, NY

2007
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (solo)
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA (solo)
Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (solo)
Pace / MacGill Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Pace / MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

2006
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
CCP Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ (solo)
Danziger Projects, New York, NY (solo)
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Daiter Contemporary, Chicago, IL
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan
Galerie f 5,6, Munchen, Germany

2005
Instituto Cervantes, Berlin, Germany
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY
Centre Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Gendell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Pace / MacGill Gallery, New York, NY

2004
Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA (solo)br>HackelBury Fine Art Limited, London, UK (solo)
Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo)
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, GA

2003
Pace / MacGill Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

2002
Gallery 292, New York, NY (solo)
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

2001
Galerie m Bochum, Bochum, Germany (solo)
Elemental landscapes - photographs by Harry Callahan, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (solo)

1997
Harry Callahan, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (solo)

1996
Harry Callahan, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Harry Callahan, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (solo)

1994
Callahan in New England, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI (solo)
Harry Callahan - A Retrospective, Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)

1991
Harry Callahan - Couleur et noir-blanc, Musée de lElysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)

1990
Harry Callahan, Centre Pompidou - Musée National dArt Moderne, Paris, France (solo)

1984
Eleanor: Photographs by Harry Callahan, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)

1981
Harry Callahan Photographs in Color, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL (solo)

1978
Harry Callahan, Blaffer Gallery - The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX (solo)

1976
Harry Callahan, MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)

1962
Harry Callahan and Robert Frank, MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1948
Photographs by Bill Brandt, Harry Callahan, Ted Croner, Lisette Model, MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Selected Collections:

MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
MoCP - The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Centre Pompidou - Musée National dArt Moderne, Paris, France
MOMAT The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

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