Harry Callahan (American, 1912-1999)
Grasses, Wisconsin, 1959, printed later. Signed "Harry Callahan" in pencil on the verso u.c., inscribed "H" in pencil on the recto l.r. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper, image size 7 1/2 x 11 3/8 in. (19.0 x 29.0 cm), matted, unframed.
Condition: Subtle handling creases in the image c.l. and l.r., scattered minor handling creases in the margins especially at u.r., minor silver mirroring, several cellophane tape remnants on the verso.
N.B. One of the most significant American photographers of the twentieth century, Callahan was founder and chair of the photography department at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence from 1961 until 1973. This tightly cropped, abstracted image of grasses reflects the precision of Ansel Adams, one of Callahan's earliest influences, as well as the experimentation of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy who founded the Institute of Design in Chicago, where Callahan taught in the late 1940s and 50s.
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