Harry Callahan

Harry Callahan

Eleanor

Book - 2007
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Blackwell North Amer
Harry Callahan (1912-1999) was one of American photography's great innovators. During a career that spanned six decades, Callahan pursued an individual and experimental approach and investigated a wide range of themes, techniques, and materials. Yet he cherished no photographs more than the images of his wife, Eleanor, which form an intimate visual diary of a lifestyle and a relationship.
This is the definitive publication of Callahan's photographs of Eleanor. For almost two decades from the early 1940s to the early 1960s, Callahan photographed his wife in countless ways; nude and clothed, indoors and outdoors, in public parks and city streets, at the beach, in a tent, in the woods, among sand dunes, and in the privacy of the family home. Reproducing many previously unpublished images, Harry Callahan: Eleanor offers an in-depth presentation of a single subject over many years, providing a new understanding of Eleanor as a subject and Callahan's lifelong exploration of the creative potential of photography.

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For much of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, photographer Harry Callahan's wife, Eleanor, was his most regular subject. She stares out of his acclaimed work, sometimes sharp and sometimes blurred, sometimes Classical and sometimes Modern, in public parks and city streets, at the beach, in a tent, in the studio and their home, nude and clothed, eventually pregnant and then mothering.
For much of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, photographer Harry Callahan's wife, Eleanor, was his most regular subject. She stares out of his acclaimed work, sometimes sharp and sometimes blurred, sometimes Classical and sometimes Modern, in public parks and city streets, at the beach, in a tent, in the studio and their home, nude and clothed, eventually pregnant and then mothering. The couple's longstanding collaboration makes up an intimate visual diary of their relationship and of Callahan's artistic exploration: these are seldom portraits in the traditional sense. More than studies of Eleanor, they are stages in Callahan's lifelong exploration of photography as a creative medium, showing his embrace of an array of materials and techniques, including highly detailed large-format negatives, distortions of movement and focus, silhouettes and multiple exposures. The subject was always Eleanor, but there were always new ways of seeing her.

Publisher: Atlanta : High Museum of Art ; Gt̲tingen : Steidl, c2007
Description: 160 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
ISBN: 9783865214645
3865214649
Branch Call Number: 779.092 Cal

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