29 September 2016 // Sanne Schrijver //Amersfoort
I recently came upon the work of Harry Callahan. Unremarkable as a young man, Callahan discovered photography at the age of 26 and in less than a decade found ways of working, chose photographic subjects, and launched experiments. Harry Callahan had an incredible career in terms of his photography; he photographed so much different subjects with so much emotion, soul, and tenacity.
Callahan had a close and intimate relationship with his wife Eleanor, in which he photographed her lovingly and with care. It’s impossible to imagine Callahan without Eleanor. He photographed her repeatedly, indoors and out, nude and with clothes, over about 15 years. These images, whose true subject is married love, rank among the most moving photographs ever made. Callahan made the camera write poetry.