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Harry Callahan

Light Gallery

Harry Callahan’s recent exhibition at Light Gallery shows his continued interest in relationships of texture, space, and light around the subjects of city buildings, beach landscapes, and wooded areas. His work is essentially unmanipulated (the image isn’t changed after it is taken), although he has made extensive use of multiple exposures and has explored various perspectival distortions—the perception of one’s position in space while simultaneously seeing up, down, and at the periphery of one’s vision. Callahan, who developed a program in photography at the University of Illinois under Moholy-Nagy, was one of the first to experiment with pictures taken with a small camera and a wide-angle lens from low vantage points in order to capture strange and unpredictable relationships.

Callahan’s work is one of painterly refinement in terms of line, pattern, and texture. While his interest in

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