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Callahan%20visit

  1. 1. Harry Callahan (1912–1999) is regarded as one of the most influential figures in post-war photography. ‘Photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure’, Callahan said. ‘If man wishes to express himself photographically, he must understand, surely to a certain extent, his relationship to life.’ Task 1: Although diverse in subject matter and approach, Callahan’s work is linked by a sustained interest in formal questions of line and composition, depth of field, multiple exposures and the relationship between photography and abstraction. Select four images that present each of the four elements underlined above. How does he alter our (the viewer’s ) relationship with familiar subjects? Task 2 Callahan’s work can be grouped into three themes: Nature, Buildings and People. The key thread linking all three is his wife, and most photographed subject, Eleanor. Look at two images where the figure is integral to the composition. Discuss how Callahan has composed the image or applied different effects to achieve this outcome. Task 3 Finally, relate Callahan’s work to the exam theme. Attempt to find an image for each element. Explain your choices and try to think ‘out of the box’ Homework Write a review of the exhibition. Follow these guidelines: Introduce the exhibition It’s important that you provide some context for the exhibition: when, where, who etc. Think about the meaning and purpose of the exhibition and the photography. Why are the pieces ordered or arranged this way? Does a particular photograph stand out from the rest? Is there a theme or a subtext to the exhibition? Look deeper. What work stands out as worthy of your attention? Select 3 or 4 pieces (depending on the space you have) and focus on those works. Why do you like them? What makes them strong? How do they relate to one another and the exhibit as a whole? End the review Summarise your thoughts. This can be positive, negative, “apparently indifferent,” or some combination of these. You might consider what’s missing, what’s worth seeing, what it is you value the most. Discuss specific pieces here.

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