PRINT September 1964



Harry Callahan, Photographs (Santa Barbara: El Mochuelo Gallery), 1964. 126 plates.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT Harry Callahan has chosen to include in the present volume radiate such intense visual so­phistication that one wonders if he is not the epitome of the photographer's photographer, the degree of the view­er's response depending on how deeply he is saturated with the photographic mystique. For Callahan is completely committed; his eyes and hands co­operate to bring us images that are important and individual. From the un­likely amalgam of influences on his work of Ansel Adams, whose straight approach to photography was shown to him at the Detroit Camera Club before the war, and Lazio Moholy-Nagy, whose free experimental approach he learned at the Institute of Design in Chicago where he went to teach in 1946, Callahan has evolved a synthesis that is peculiarly his own.

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