The Hallmark Photographic Collection began in 1964 with the purchase of 141 photographs by Harry Callahan (1912-1999). It is fitting then, that he is the subject of the first installation in the Hallmark Cards Inc. Galleries dedicated to photography in the Nelson-Atkins’s new Bloch Building.
Callahan is legendary for having (seemingly) explored all facets of camera vision: he worked with both 35mm and 8 x10-inch cameras, both black-and-white and color film, and made images of both Zen-like simplicity and dense complexity. He devoted himself to the classic themes of nature, the city, his own family, and photographic abstraction. As a whole, Callahan’s work provides a perfect starting point for any larger consideration of how the camera sees and the expressive potentials of the “straight” photographic print.
Free admission, no exhibition tickets required.
This exhibition is supported by Jeffrey and Polly Kramer. Additional support is provided by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and the Hall Family Foundation. Midwest Airlines is the official airline sponsor.
Harry Callahan, American (1912-1999). Eleanor, 1948. Gelatin silver print, 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.166. Copyright The Estate of Harry M. Callahan. Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York.