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Eleanor, Chicago

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Harry Callahan, Eleanor, Chicago, 1949 (negative); printed later, gelatin silver print, Museum Purchase: Exhibition Budget Fund, © unknown, research required, 84.24.3

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Title

Eleanor, Chicago

Artist

Harry Callahan (American, 1912-1999)

Date

1949 (negative); printed later

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 6 7/8 in x 6 5/16 in; sheet: 9 15/16 in x 8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: 5.59, graphite, verso bottom center

inscription: HC 7656-C, graphite, verso bottom left

signature: Harry Callahan, graphite, verso top center

signature: Harry Callahan, graphite, lower right

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Exhibition Budget Fund

Accession Number

84.24.3

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

portraits

Description

An employee of Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Callahan learned photography after joining the company’s camera club. In 1941, inspired by a lecture given by Ansel Adams, he took up photography full time. Callahan’s primary subject was his wife, Eleanor, whom he photographed for more than fifty years. Eleanor said in 1996 of these exceptional images, “Photography was as much a part of our lives as getting up in the morning. I wasn't worried about the pictures. I never had any thought that they would be anything but nice.” Eleanor Callahan passed away earlier this year at the age of ninety-five.

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