“HARRY IS THE KIND OF ARTIST WHO HUNTS HIS OWN SHADOW”: FIRST EDITION OF CALLAHAN’S PHOTOGRAPHS, 1964
CALLAHAN, Harry. Photographs. Santa Barbara: El Mochuelo Gallery, (1964). Square folio, original black cloth, original slipcase. $1800.
First edition, one of only 1500 copies, with 126 wonderful full-page black-and-white images.
Inspired by Ansel Adams and Moholy-Nagy, Callahan developed his own “restless formal innovation… at once supremely rational and expressive, cool but hooked on visual pleasure” (Roth, 168). He is considered one of America’s pioneers of the photographic medium and is credited with having established the artistic legitimacy of photography in both academic and high art circles. This collection of 126 subtle images on coated stock is divided into five distinct subject categories and validates Callahan’s own prediction “that my photography would be one of continual change… [and] will touch the spirit in people.” Without original acetate. Roth, 168-69. Witkin & London, 101. Open Book, 202-03. Contemporary publicity material laid in.
Glue residue to endpapers, as usual. Slightest rubbing to silver lettering of front board. A fine copy.