United States of America 1912 – 1999
New York: from the portfolio "Landscapes 1941-1971" 1971 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Self taught in photography, as an image maker Callahan kept things simple. For the most part he made pictures of his wife, Eleanor, his daughter, Barbara, and the streets of the American towns in which they lived. From these three subjects Callahan produced images of enduring subtlety and style. Revered as a wonderful teacher, in his enigmatic way he became something of a ‘photographer’s photographer’. On the street he routinely kept his distance, trapping solitary figures in rhythmic patterns of sunlight and shadow, depicting them as somewhat menaced by their surroundings.
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