[Detroit]

Object Details

Title:

[Detroit]

Artist/Maker(s):

Harry Callahan (American, 1912 - 1999)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Detroit, Michigan, United States (Place created)

Date:

1941

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

8.1 x 11.4 cm (3 3/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

Copyright:

© Estate of Harry Callahan

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Callahan referred to this photograph, made shortly after an inspiring encounter with Ansel Adams, as "my first good picture." Unlike Adams's dramatic landscapes, Callahan's composition focuses on an overlooked pedestrian setting in his native Detroit. Raising the horizon line, the artist achieved a delicate, calligraphic interplay among the reeds and telephone poles and their reflections across the surface of a bog.

Exhibitions
In Focus: The Landscape (August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009, (Cat.)