About this artwork
A self-taught photographer from Detroit, Harry Callahan became one of the most influential educators and practitioners of photography in America in the 20th century. Callahan built a body of work that was at once humanistic and restlessly experimental, ever pushing the boundaries of photographic conventions and materials. Callahan often set himself a challenge within strict technical or formal parameters—photographing, for example, female pedestrians on the street from a particular distance, or his wife and daughter in a series of posed 8 x 10–inch “snapshots.” In 1956–57 he experimented with collage, cutting up pieces of paper and fashion and advertising photographs, arranging them like a jigsaw puzzle in his studio, and photographing them as one would a still life. Callahan produced the collages in black and white and in color; the numerous faces and hands in this color composition give an impression of a mass of flesh.
- Currently Off View
- Photography and Media
- Harry Callahan
- United States
- Made 1956–1957
- Dye imbibition print
- Signed recto, lower right, below image, in graphite: "Harry Callahan"; inscribed verso, upper left, in graphite: "C 13"; verso, lower right, in graphite: "#10"
- 22.4 × 34.2 cm (image); 26.7 × 35.4 cm (paper)
- Gift of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg