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    Sale 7434


    13 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 9

    HARRY CALLAHAN (1912-1999)

    Detroit, 1943

    Price Realised  


    HARRY CALLAHAN (1912-1999)
    Detroit, 1943
    gelatin silver print
    signed in pencil on mount
    5 1/8 x 7in. (13 x 17.8cm.)

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    In 1943, the year this photograph as taken, Callahan began a series of multiple exposure street scenes:

    ...as Callahan explored what Moholy-Nagy called 'simultaneous seeing,' he made numerous multiple exposures of city streets and nature....In so doing, he came to realize that he was not only creating images with an inherent energy and movement, but also ones that more accurately expressed his relationships and experiences -- complex, layered, multifaceted, and interrelated (Greenough, p.40).

    Vintage prints of this important image are exceedingly rare.

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    With Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York;
    acquired by present owner, 1992.

    Pre-Lot Text


    Photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure. If man wishes to express himself photographically, he must understand, surely to a certain extent, his relationship to life. I am interested in relating the problems that affect me to some set of values that I am trying to discover and establish as being my life. I want to discover and establish them through photography.



    Szarkowski, Callahan, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Aperture, 1976, pl.43; Pultz, 'Harry Callahan: Early Street Photography 1943-1945', The Archive, No.24, Center for Creative Photography/University of Arizona, 1990, p.8; Greenough, Harry Callahan, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1996, p.29.


    Valencia, Spain, Institute Valencia d'Art Modern, La Colección Ordóñez-Falcón de Fotografía, 16 October 1996 - 16 February 1997; Madrid, Spain, Fundación Astroc, Paisaje Urbano en la Colección del IVAM, September - November 2006; Segovia, Spain, Museo Esteban Vicente, Una Miranda America [An American View], 26 June - September 9 2007.