Harry Callahan

BIOGRAPHY

1912-1999

Harry Callahan bought his first camera in 1938 and joined the Chrysler Camera Club where he worked in Detroit.  Despite becoming an American photography icon, Callahan retained an unaffected perspective. His imagery vacillates between the personal and the epic, the narrative and the formal.  He said, “I saw some grasses in the snow and photographed them . . . anti what Ansel was talking about, not at all classic.” Callahan died in Atlanta in 1999.  He left behind over 100,000 negatives and over 10,000 prints.  The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona maintains his archives.