"Rome" by Harry Callahan

Size of the print: 7 x 7"

Year: 1968

Location: Italy

Paper type: Silver Gelatin Print



Harry Callahan (American, born October 12, 1912–died March 15, 1999) is known for his work in photography. A native of Detroit, MI, he worked for Chrysler, and, after a brief hiatus spent at Michigan State University, he joined the company’s camera club, and, by 1938, Callahan had begun teaching himself photography.

Callahan often experimented with multiple exposures and saw photography as deeply personal. His wife, in particular, held great significance in his work. She was his major subject for a period of 15 years. Callahan gave his photographs simple titles, such as Eleanor, New York, and Chicago. These works are currently in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. 

Callahan was a unique innovator in American photography. His work is noted as much for his use of color as for black and white. He received the National Medal of Arts in 1996. 

The artist died in Atlanta in 1999, leaving behind some 100,000 negatives and 10,000 proof prints. The University of Arizona maintains his archives, and the Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York represents his estate.