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Harry Callahan: Masters of Photography Series (Aperture Masters of Photography)

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"Photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure," Harry Callahan has stated. "If man wishes to express himself photographically, he must understand, surely to a certain extent, his relationship to life." Looking then at this adventure, this remarkably clear and straightforward life, the pictures... tell the story of Harry Callahan is his work. And therein lies ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Aperture (first published May 31st 1999)
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abatage
Aug 15, 2009 abatage rated it it was amazing
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On one hand it's nice that there's little in the way of biography in this book, but with the series having offered a glimpse at each photographer's life and work, I can't help feeling a little short-changed.

I adore Callahan's photography - his style of simple and sparse representation certainly resonates in a very profound way. It's apt to consider how he had the reputation of being like his photographs and a very quiet person throughout his life.

Suffice to say that I think this purpose would h
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Susan Klinke
Apr 06, 2012 Susan Klinke rated it really liked it
I looked through the photographs before reading the essay. As I came across some of the abstract photos I thought they looked a lot like Aaron Siskind's photography. When I read the essay I learned that Siskind and Callahan taught together at Black Mountain College. I later learned in a Wikipedia article that they also taught alongside each other at two more colleges. It's interesting to note that Harry Callahan is listed on the Masters of Photography website, but Aaron Siskind is not. I knew of ...more
Joe
Sep 17, 2009 Joe rated it really liked it
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While I could have done without the intro (the point of the Irish joke I'm only know understanding), but without the intro I would have never thought to view these images while listening to Josep Colom's piano pieces called Musica Callada. A haunting collection that greatly adds to the viewing enjoyment of Callahan's images.

I don't know which I enjoyed more, Callahan's images or his quotes; they say more than I would ever have expected.

Definitely worth a viewing.
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