Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago

1949, printed before 1979
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Naturally reserved, Harry Callahan found in photography an avenue of expression and a way to give substance to his place in the world, to his relationships with his family and social milieu. By the late 1940s, Callahan, impressed by Ansel Adams' Surf Sequence, was deeply engaged in producing a series of photographs of his wife. Eleanor, Chicago is an iconic image from this series, evoking the idea of woman as a primordial force as she emerges from the water. It is not only the simplicity of the composition that is so striking, but also the photographer's ability to find within the everyday a moment of eternal import.
Title
Eleanor, Chicago
Date
1949, printed before 1979
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
25.2 x 20.3 cm approx.; image: 18.2 x 16.8 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Gift of Benjamin Greenberg, Ottawa, 1980
Accession number
23922