Collage

A work made of dye imbibition print.

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Date:

1956/57

Artist:

Harry Callahan
American, 1912–1999

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.

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Photography

Artist

Harry Callahan

Title

Collage

Origin

United States

Date

1956–1957

Medium

Dye imbibition print

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower right, below image, in graphite: "Harry Callahan"; inscribed verso, upper left, in graphite: "C 13"; verso, lower right, in graphite: "#10"

Dimensions

22.4 x 34.2 cm (image); 26.7 x 35.4 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg

Reference Number

1991.1289

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