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Eleanor

Artist:
Harry Callahan (American, Detroit, Michigan 1912–1999 Atlanta, Georgia)
Date:
1950s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
17.0 x 17.0 cm (6 11/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1181
Rights and Reproduction:
© The Estate of Harry Callahan; Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
Not on view
Muses throughout his career, Callahan’s wife and daughter played, posed, and aged before his lens. With their attention to the physicality of light, however, Callahan’s photographs transcend mere family portraiture by calling attention to the simple beauty of life’s fleeting moments. "He just liked to take the pictures of me," Eleanor recalled in her nineties. "In every pose. Rain or shine. And whatever I was doing. If I was doing the dishes or if I was half asleep. And he knew that I never, never said no. I was always there for him. Because I knew that Harry would only do the right thing."
Eleanor Callahan died in February 2012 at the age of ninety-five.
Pace MacGill Gallery

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s: Selections from the Collection," December 18, 1990–March 17, 1991.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.

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