Harry Callahan was one of the most innovative photographers working in America in the mid-twentieth century. Images of his wife, Eleanor; passers-by on the street; cityscapes; landscapes; close-ups from nature; multiple exposures; and darkroom abstractions reveal the elegantly spare formalism and lyricism of his style. Callahan’s wide-ranging and experimental approach to photography influenced a generation of American photographers, including students at Chicago’s Institute of Design where he taught from 1945-61, and at the Rhode Island School of Design where he taught in the 1960s and 1970s. “Harry Callahan: American Photographer” features black-and-white and color photographs that survey major aspects of his remarkable career.

With support from the Shelly and Michael Kassen Fund.