The Journey Matters
To be a photographer, one must photograph.
- Harry Callahan
I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself
- Harry Callahan again
Harry Callahan: Chicago 1950 © Estate of Harry Callahan
Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it.
- Claes Oldenburg
The work of most artists clearly aims at extrapolating from their personal experience, to make it the vessel for a broader and more universal statement. Such work invites us to work our way outward, from the private and specific to the larger world. Harry Callahan's work is an exception, for it draws us ever more insistently inward toward the centre of Callahan's private sensibility. This sensibility is expressed in his perception of subject matter that is remarkably personal and restricted in its range. For 30 years Callahan photographed his wife and child, the streets of the cities in which he lived, and details of the pastoral landscapes into which he periodically escaped - materials so close at hand, so universally and obviously accessible, that one might have supposed that a dedicated photographer could exhaust their potential in a fraction of that time. Yet Callahan repeatedly made these simple experiences new again by virtue of the precision of his feeling.
The point is not merely that Callahan has responded faithfully as a photographer to the quality of his own life, or merely, even, that photography has been his method of focusing the meaning of that life. The point is that for Harry Callahan photography has been a way of living - his way of meeting and making peace with the day.
In Similar Veins
Source: trinixy.ru "Silent World" by Michael Kenna
I might even like the one above even better than Callahan's...
"The Gates" in snow
Source: joesnyc.streetnine.com/archives/central_park Photos of New York City and occasionally elsewhere by Joseph O Holmes.
Novel Marriage of Photography and Art...
Source: Veruschka, for Playboy, 1971
Source: thesun.co.uk sent in by Salma Rodriguez
Another Brick in the Wall
Source: thesun.co.uk sent to them by Julie Appleton
Unfortunately, I don't know the artist's name for most of the works above...
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