Call for Entries - AAP Magazine #8 / Street

Harry Callahan: From a Recently Acquired Collection

September 12, 2019 to October 19, 2019
Harry Callahan: From a Recently Acquired Collection
525 West 26th Street, Floor 2
New York - 10001 NY
Robert Mann Gallery presents a selection of Harry Callahan's most iconic works from a recently acquired collection. Harry Callahan was a hobbyist photographer turned professional artist who left a lasting mark on the discipline. His experiments with line and form, light and dark, expanded the boundaries of those who came before him by reconciling the pictorial and structural photographic traditions of the earlier twentieth century.

The photographs in the exhibition express the constant formal and conceptual concerns that give unity to Harry Callahan's treatment of some of his favorite subjects. The intimate landscape, including views of fields, leaves, and weeds of Aix-en-Provence, the sandy beaches of Cape Cod and the snowy shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago (trees in snow), c. 1950, exemplify Callahan's reduction of photography's unbroken scale of tones to the extreme whites, the pure blacks, and a middle gray in scenes with details that are delicate and inexhaustibly intricate. The studies of his beloved wife Eleanor reveal her as an individual, an icon, and a symbol of all woman - no matter how small a part of the scene, Eleanor dominates the viewer's eye. Callahan's technical experimentation in thematic synthesis, including multiple exposures, is represented by a pristine example of Detroit, 1943, one of three known multiple-exposure images of Detroit streets that Callahan created in 1943 with his 9 x 12 cm Linhof camera. The image is tied to reality yet freed from traditional representational qualities that challenges perceptions.

John Szarkowski, the visionary director of photography at MoMA, wrote, "In spite of the fact that Callahan has worked with a wide range of techniques and equipment, and has pursued his favorite motifs in several countries, his work is informed by a rare integrity, a coherence created by the intensity and logic of his search for pictorial clarity." Callahan's photographs are highly organized with clean, graceful lines that introduced a vocabulary of formal abstraction into American photography through daring compositions with extreme contrast, reduction of form and prolonged shutter speeds. His prints often use limited tone and intense contrast to emphasis linear qualities. Keith Davis, the Senior Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, described Callahan's work as that which “balances description and abstraction, personal expression and universal meaning, the simple and the sublime…faithful to subject matter while being clearly about formal structures of photographic picture making.”

Harry Callahan (1912-1999) was born in Detroit, Michigan. He began photographing in 1938 and was entirely self-taught. He photographed extensively throughout his career, but produced only around one dozen final images each year. In 1946, László Moholy-Nagy and Arthur Siegal invited him to teach photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago where he was head of the photography department from 1949 to 1961. From 1961 to 1973, Callahan taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, where his dedication to teaching enriched a visual lineage of prominent photographers, including Ed Sievers, who later become a mentor and friend to Mike Mandel, both of whom are represented by the gallery. In 1978, he became the first photographer to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City presented a major retrospective of his work in 1976. He won many awards including ICP's Master of Photography Infinity Award in 1991. Callahan died in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999.

Ending Soon Photo Exhibitions

Fresh Perspective: Modernism in Photography, 1920-1950
Fresh Perspective: Modernism in Photography, 1920-1950
Beginning in the 1920s, many photographers rebelled against the expectation that they should imitate painters. Instead they embraced the unique...
  Learn More
Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia
Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia
Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia represents the current state of contemporary photography in Australia through the work...
  Learn More
Water: Edward Burtynsky
Water: Edward Burtynsky
As part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made since...
  Learn More
Apollo
Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography
On July 20, 1969, half a billion viewers around the world watched as the first images of American astronauts on the moon were beamed back to the...
  Learn More
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography
Explore the rich and varied history of fashion photography through Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography. More than 200 photographs by...
  Learn More
SUMMERTIME Salon 2019
SUMMERTIME Salon 2019
The Robin Rice Gallery proudly announces SUMMERTIME Salon 2019, an annual photography exhibit featuring gallery artists as well as a few newcomers....
  Learn More
4th Annual Alternative Process Photography Exhibition
4th Annual Alternative Process Photography Exhibition
Juried by: Ann M. Jastrab, Christina Z. Anderson, Unai San Martin, and The Image Flow

...
  Learn More
Wendel Wirth: This Is The Place
Wendel Wirth: This Is The Place
Wendel Wirth explores the architecture of rural Idaho in her newest photographic series.Rippled metal,sun soaked and wind ravaged wood punctuated by...
  Learn More
Coming Together: Meg Griffiths, Christos J. Palios, JP Terlizzi
Coming Together: Meg Griffiths, Christos J. Palios, JP Terlizzi
Since the beginning of time, humans have been gathering over meals. From first dates to weddings, to celebrations of life and death, we meet at the...
  Learn More
Clarissa Bonet Urban Constructs
Clarissa Bonet Urban Constructs
In the portfolio City Space, Clarissa Bonet recreates pedestrian scenes of urban life. Set among towering columns, concrete facades, stairwells, and...
  Learn More
Sex Crimes
Sex Crimes
"Sex Crimes," organized by ClampArt and Ward 5B, explores queer culture as it has been historically defined by legislation in English-speaking...
  Learn More
Body of work: Midcentury Burlesque through the lens of F.Roy Kemp
Body of work: Midcentury Burlesque through the lens of F.Roy Kemp
Canadian photojournalist F. Roy Kemp spent the 1950s documenting the New York burlesque scene, producing thousands of images that give us a glimpse...
  Learn More
Lili Jamail: Rollercoaster
Lili Jamail: Rollercoaster
...
  Learn More
We Choose to go to the Moon: David Burnett
We Choose to go to the Moon: David Burnett
The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco, in collaboration with Contact Press Images, is excited to announce the upcoming photography exhibit, and the...
  Learn More
Paolo Roversi: Intangible Presence
Paolo Roversi: Intangible Presence
...
  Learn More
Nicola Lo Calzo: Bundles of Wood
Nicola Lo Calzo: Bundles of Wood
Since 2010, the Italian photographer Nicola Lo Calzo has traversed Atlantic coastal areas to research buried memories of the African Diaspora. His...
  Learn More
AAP Magazine#8 Street
 
 
Join our newsletter
Be up-to-date with call for entries, deadlines and other news about exhibitions, galleries, publications, & special events
 
AAP Magazine#8 Street
 
Discover the 7th Issue of AAP Magazine
All About Photo Magazine showcases the winners of AAP Magazine Competitions
 
David Bailey: SUMO
 
 
 
TAKES U TO THE NEXT LEVEL
 
Since 2005, your guide through contemporary art from a French perspective to let you make exciting choices