HARRY CALLAHAN (1912-1999)
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more PROPERTY FROM THE ORDÓÑEZ-FALCÓN COLLECTION 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. HARRY CALLAHAN
HARRY CALLAHAN (1912-1999)

Detroit, 1943

Details
HARRY CALLAHAN (1912-1999)
Detroit, 1943
gelatin silver print
signed in pencil on mount
5 1/8 x 7in. (13 x 17.8cm.)
Provenance
With Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York;
acquired by present owner, 1992.
Literature
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.
Exhibited
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.
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Lot Essay

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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