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.
Special Fundraising Sale for the National Health Service29 Mar - 29 May 2020Unfortunately, NHS Hospital staff, on the front line in the treatment of patients with Covid-19, are still working without the proper PPE (personal protective equipment), and there remains a shortage...
Natural SelectionImportant Modernist Photographs from Nature (1840-1960) 27 Jan - 25 Feb 2012In painting there are many examples of the leading Modernists beginning their process of abstraction through the deconstruction of landscape motifs such as Cezanne at Mont Sainte Victoire, Picasso at...
Paris Photo 202110 - 14 Nov 2021James Hyman Photography is delighted to return to Paris Photo. This year, we have divided our booth into three main sections. Chronologically, the first, entitled The Great Wall is a huge wall of walls that presents ninteneth century photographs of walls, from the ruins of ancient civilisations to modern day France. The second wall includes important Modernist works from the first half of the twentieth century including celebrated vintage images by Man Ray and Edward Steichen. The third part, In Sickness and in Health explores issues around health and wellbeing...