Edited with an introduction by John Szarkowski.
Harry Callahan’s wife Eleanor stands naked among the trees. She appears small, insignificant even, and the distinction of her frame melts a little between the branches and boughs. It is difficult to tell whether the photograph is a composite or single image.
This kind of deliberate ambiguity characterises much of Callahan’s work—as evidenced throughout this collection, perhaps the most comprehensive ever published of the artist’s photographs. Callahan’s approach to photography was both mechanical in character and unmistakably aesthetic in motive, his technical employment of light-painting, double exposure, collage and abstraction existing concurrently with his dedication to depicting the beauty of his family members and the streets of their Chicago home. As compiled by editor John Szarkowski, the breadth of Harry Callahan’s technique and subject matter becomes immersive rather than muddled—near overwhelming in its scope.
Publication date: 1976
Publisher: Aperture in association with MOMA, New York.
Description: Softcover. Unpaginated.