CALLAHAN, HARRY (1912-1999) Untitled [Collage, Chicago]
, 1956-57, likely printed early 1960s, though possibly vintage. Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches (197 x 245 mm) including film holder margin, signed verso in pencil "Harry Callahan" and annotated #328. Some minor wear to the extreme edges of the print, in the film holder margin, minor evidences of oxidation in the same area, no defects noted in raking light.
Teaching first at the "New Bauhaus"-Chicago's Institute of Design-and later at RISD, Harry Callahan was a major influence on several generations of photographers. The present image, one of a series of collages that he undertook in the 1950s, is representative of his experimental work at that period. It juxtaposes hundreds of clippings from magazines in an abstract composition of great complexity. It predates, and was likely an influence on, the photocollages of artists such as Ray Metzker, Callahan's protége.
C Estate of Gladys Benenson
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