The ""cool and distanced eloquence"" of Callahan's work is displayed in a largeformat volume timed to coincide with a...
CALLAHAN: Photographs of Harry Callahan
by ‧RELEASE DATE: Dec. 1, 1976
The ""cool and distanced eloquence"" of Callahan's work is displayed in a largeformat volume timed to coincide with a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1938 Callahan took up the camera by chance; in 1941 he encountered Ansel Adams; and since that time he has followed the same rigorous course ""of discovering new formal potentialities in the medium, of extending the known possibilities of the tradition,"" as John Szarkowski, MOMA Director of Photography, points out in his brief biographical critique. The calligraphic details of weeds in snow and sunlight on water; the flat, punctured walls; the closed, fugitive faces; the multiple exposures, at once transparent and masked--all attest to Callahan's intensity and lucidity. The first full-scale exposure of a major figure in a typically impeccable Aperture monograph.