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Photograph - Eleanor and Barbara in the water
  • Eleanor and Barbara in the water
    Callahan, Harry, born 1912 - died 1999
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Eleanor and Barbara in the water

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Chicago (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1952-3 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Callahan, Harry, born 1912 - died 1999 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased 1987

  • Museum number:

    PH.774-1987

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 13.3

Inspired by Ansel Adam's great landscapes, Harry Callahan was drawn to portray nature. The figures in the middle distance are the photographer's wife and child. Callahan would often document his family, creating intimate and delicate views of everyday life that were also meticulously crafted and strong in contrast. Although he came to photography relatively late, with no formal training, his work was soon recognized. In 1946 he was invited to teach photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago, the 'New Bauhaus', renowned for its innovative approach to design and education.

Physical description

Photograph of a seascape. In the middleground a woman and child stand partially emerged in the sea, in the background (almost out of the frame) a boy is wading.

Place of Origin

Chicago (photographed)

Date

ca. 1952-3 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Callahan, Harry, born 1912 - died 1999 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

S195 57% F10
Numbered in pencil on the back

Dimensions

Height: 195 mm Image, Width: 244 mm Images, Height: 203 mm Sheet, Width: 252 mm Sheet

Descriptive line

'Lake Michigan', photograph by Harry Callahan (1912-99), Chicago, ca. 1952-3

Labels and date

"It's the subject matter that counts. Wanting to see more makes you grow as a person and growing makes you want to share more of the life around you. In each exploration or concern for the subject, I continue in the area for a great length of time, sometimes a couple of years. Working this way has been the result of my doing the photo series or groups. Many things I can't return to and many things I return to come out better." - Harry Callahan [21/09/2007-28/06/2008]
Gallery 100, ‘History of photography’, 2011-2012, label text :

Harry Callahan (1912-99)
‘Eleanor and Barbara’, ‘Lake Michigan’, ‘Eleanor and
Barbara, Chicago’, ‘Eleanor and Barbara, Chicago’
1952-3

The tiny figures in these images are the photographer’s
wife and child. Callahan often documented his family,
creating intimate views of everyday life that were
also meticulously crafted and strong in contrast.
In 1946 he was invited to teach photography at the
Institute of Design in Chicago, the ‘New Bauhaus’,
renowned for its innovative approach to design
and education.

Gelatin silver prints
Museum nos. Ph.773 to 776-1987
[07 03 2014]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process

Categories

Photographs

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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