Untitled (Lakefront Fence)

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

c. 1947

Artist:

Harry Callahan
American, 1912–1999

About this artwork

Harry Callahan made this photograph shortly after he moved from his hometown of Detroit to Chicago to teach at the famed Institute of Design (ID). The school embraced an experimental approach to photography, and Callahan’s aesthetic of formal exploration fused with personal subjectivity meshed perfectly with the school’s priorities. This image, which resembles a woodblock print more than a photograph, is something of a puzzle. Callahan photographed the scene with a telephoto lens, which compressed and flattened the planes, and printed it with extremely high contrast so that scarcely any gray tones remain. The subject, however, is simple enough: Lake Michigan, viewed over and through steel piles, and wooden posts set in the water in the distance.

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Photography

Artist

Harry Callahan

Title

Untitled (Lakefront Fence)

Origin

United States

Date

1942–1952

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

No markings recto or verso

Dimensions

27.3 × 26.7 cm (image/paper)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Anstiss and Ronald Krueck in honor of Sylvia Wolf

Reference Number

1999.315

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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