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    Discussing a Harry Callahan Photograph

    This will be my last contribution for awhile to this forum. I invite those who showed an interest in posting images in the original sticky thread to do so as well as anyone else wanting to discuss a favorite image. I will be busy with re-starting a second business that was on hold for the last year so my time to contact people will be limited.

    Harry Callahan is probably my favorite photographer. After wanting to emulate Adams and Weston I discovered Callahan and learned that beautiful images don't have to all come from Yosemite or Point Lobos. He was a life long experimentor with the medium and produced great work in landscape, urban, portraiture, street, collage, color, and various in camera manipulations.
    His life long series of nudes of his wife Eleanor are among the classic works of contemporary art.

    I suppose everyone has a favorite photograph they would like to have hanging in their home. If I could buy one image from a well known photographer this would be the one, Trees, Lake Michigan, 1950
    The computer does not begin to show the delicate tonality and feel that this print has.

    Here is a couple links of Callahan's work. (The images at George Eastman house are no the best of reproductions)
    http://masters-of-photography.com/C/.../callahan.html

    http://www.eastman.org/ne/str085/htm..._sld00001.html
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    Callahan is truly one of the greats and I LOVE this image. A friend of mine has one that he got directly from the photographer in the early 70's.... for $200.00! It was recently appraised at over $15,000.00. It is a beautiful Jewel of a print.

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    Very nice. It something that I'd be proud to hang on a wall. Reminds me a lot of a print from a friend of mine, Dan Burkholder. Attached is a copy of Dan's print.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magic823
    Very nice. It something that I'd be proud to hang on a wall. Reminds me a lot of a print from a friend of mine, Dan Burkholder. Attached is a copy of Dan's print.
    well - they both have tree trunks in them... that's about as far as it goes

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    If any one is in Chicago there is a Callahan show at the Art institue. I think its for a couple more weeks? I talked my wife into going with me a few weeks ago(she doesn't normally go to something like that) and she noticed and commented on how varied his subject matter was. We both liked the short explanations that callahan gave for some of his prints. He wrote that he was very unsatisfied with his early versions of the trees print and realized to satisfy his vision he was going to have to break with the current tradition at that time of a full range of tones and detail in the shadows and print it much more graphic. It sure worked in this case.

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    A very quiet and peaceful image. I see the connection between it and the burkholder image but I get a different feel from that one. It not as peaceful, more of what being lost looks like.
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    For me at least...

    I see parallels between Callahan and Keena:

    http://www.michaelkenna.net/html/archive/95.html
    http://www.michaelkenna.net/html/hokkaido_05/1.html

    there is a stark beauty in the images - sometimes very little says a great deal!

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    Beautifully composed, perfectly balanced, lovely tones and a wonderful feel. What more can I say?

    I agree there are similarities with the look of some of Kenna's images, but then I love those too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlRadford
    I see parallels between Callahan and Keena:

    http://www.michaelkenna.net/html/archive/95.html
    http://www.michaelkenna.net/html/hokkaido_05/1.html

    there is a stark beauty in the images - sometimes very little says a great deal!
    One of the bigger influences on Kenna is Bill Brandt (but I can't find any of his good landscapes online) - but I could certainly see Callahan as an influence on him as well.

    Harry Callahan: The Photographer at Work is a quite nice book I got recently - which does just that - shows a lot of his work in the process of being made - contact sheets, notes, negatives etc (interestingly, it's the first book the Centre for Creative Photography has produced by making all the copy work with a Betterlight Scanning back rather than film transparencies...)

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    I love Callahan's work. He seems to have tried absolutely everything, including photographing Eleanor with a telephone pole "growing" from her head, breaking, one of the zillions of camera club no-no's that must have delighted him to do. And as to emulating his work, check out Rolfe Horn's nearly identical image of same toned beach and sky with a tiny sliver of dark ocean in the middle...it's almost plagerism. As to the posted image above, it's one of my all time favoritesof his that I would have little compunction against plagerizing...if I could


    (here's a link to the Horn 'graph. I can't find the Callahan original on line

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