Callahan, Harry M.

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Self-taught American photographer, known also as an instructor (Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design). His work frequently depicts the dichotomies in nature, with light and shadow, and positive and negative space forming as much of the image as solid objects.

From the description of Harry Callahan Collection. 1946-1978. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122632973

Callahan, Harry. American Photographer. Born: Detroit, Michigan, October 22, 1912. Education: Attended public school in Royal Oak, Michigan; studied engineering at Michigan State College, East Lansing, 1931-33; self-taught in photography. Family: Married Eleanor Knapp in 1936; daughter: Barbara. Careeer: Photographer since 1938. Worked for Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation, Detroit, 1934-44; Processing Assistant, General Motors Photographic Laboratories, Detroit, 1944-45. Instructor in Photography, 1946-49, and Head of the Department of Photography, 1949-61, Institute of Design, Illnois Institute of Technology, Chicago; Associate Professor, 1961-64, Professor, 1964-77, and Chairman of the Department of Photography, 1961-73, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Visiting Instructor, Black Mountain College, North Carolina, 1951, University of California Extension, Berkeley, 1966, and University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1974. Recipient: Diploma and Plaque, Photokina exhibition, Cologne, 1951; Graham Foundation Grant, 1956; Photography Award, Rhode Island Arts Festival, 1963; Rhode Island Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, 1969; Distinguished Contribution Award, National Association of Schools, 1972; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1972; Photographer and Educator Award, Society for Photographic Education, 1976; Brandeis Award, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1985. Honored Photographer, Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie, Arles, France, 1977. D.F.A.: Rhode Island School of Design, 1978. Died: Atlanta,1999.

From the description of Harry Callahan : Artist File. (International Center of Photography). WorldCat record id: 700517415

Photographer; New York, N.Y. Born 1912. Taught at the Institute of Design at the Illimois Institute of Technology in Chicago, 1946-1961. Chair of photography department, Rhoad Island School of Design, 1961-1977. Died March 15, 1999.

From the description of Harry M. Callahan interview, 1975 Feb. 13 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 245521103

From the description of Harry M. Callahan interview, 1975 Feb. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220185039

Photographer; Providence, R.I. Born 1912. Taught at the Institute of Design at the Illimois Institute of Technology in Chicago, 1946-1961. Chair of photography department, Rhoad Island School of Design, 1961-1977. Died March 15, 1999.

From the description of Harry M. Callahan papers, 1943-1975. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122455392

Harry M. Callahan (1912-1999) was a photographer of New York, N.Y.

Taught at the Institute of Design at the Illimois Institute of Technology in Chicago, 1946-1961. Chair of photography department, Rhoad Island School of Design, 1961-1977.

From the description of Oral history interview with Harry M. Callahan, 1975 Feb. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646397220

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creatorOf Callahan, Harry M. Harry M. Callahan interview, 1975 Feb. 13. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn History of photography collection, 1840-1986 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Harry Callahan. 1976-1977: Archives pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Gibson, Ralph, 1939-. Papers, 1959-[ongoing]. University of Arizona Libraries
creatorOf Callahan, Harry. Callahan, Harry : [photography bio file]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Weber, Hugo, 1918-1971. Hugo Weber papers, 1932-1971. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Callahan, Harry M. Oral history interview with Harry M. Callahan, 1975 Feb. 13. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Crane, Arnold H. Arnold Crane portfolio of photographs, "Portraits of the Photographers," 1968-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Callahan, Harry M. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Callahan, Harry M. Harry M. Callahan papers, 1943-1975. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Webb, Todd 1906-2000. Oral history interview with Todd Webb 1990 Sept. 4-1992 May 22. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Callahan, Harry. [Harry Callahan] : artist file John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library, Ringling Museum Library
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum 20th-century history of photography collection, 1900-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Barbaralee. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel collection, 1976-1999. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Wechsler, Judith,. Judith Wechsler papers, circa 1985-1994. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Callahan, Harry M. Harry Callahan Collection. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Callahan, Harry, 1912- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Callahan, Harry M. Harry M. Callahan interview, 1975 Feb. 13 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Webb, Todd. Todd Webb interviews, 1990 September 4-1992 May 22. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Callahan, Harry. [Harry Callahan : Australian and New Zealand Art Files]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Callahan, Harry M. Harry Callahan : Artist File. International Center of Photography
creatorOf Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978. Peter Pollack papers, 1945-1978. Getty Research Library
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associatedWith Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. person
associatedWith Brown, Robert F. person
associatedWith Callahan, Barbara, 1950- person
associatedWith Callahan, Eleanor person
associatedWith Crane, Arnold H. person
associatedWith Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Barbaralee. person
associatedWith Gibson, Ralph, 1939- person
associatedWith Harry Callahan, person
associatedWith John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978. person
associatedWith The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Webb, Todd. person
associatedWith Webb, Todd 1906-2000 person
associatedWith Weber, Hugo, 1918-1971. person
associatedWith Wechsler, Judith, person
associatedWith Witkin Gallery. corporateBody
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Atlanta (Ga.)
Rhode Island--Providence
New York (State)--New York
United States
United States
Cape Cod (Mass.)
France
Italy
Detroit (Mich.)
United States
Egypt
New York (N.Y.)
United States
Chicago (Ill.)
Providence (R.I.)
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Subject
Photographers
Photography
Plants--Photographs--1960-1980
Storefronts--Photographs--1940-1980
Nature--Photographs--1960-1980
Fall foliage--Photographs--1960-1970
Neon--Photographs--1940-1960
Architecture--1970-1980
Beaches--Photographs--1970-1980
Women--Photographs--1950-1970
Signs (Notices)--Photographs--1940-1960
Nudes--Female--Photographs--1940-1980
Photographers--Interviews
Deserts--Photographs--1970-1980
Children--Photographs--1950-1970
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Birth 1912-10-22

Death 1999-03-15

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