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Eleanor, Chicago


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Eleanor, Chicago

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Harry Callahan
American, 1912–1999


1947, printed later


Gelatin silver print

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Harry Callahan began photographing his wife, Eleanor, shortly after their marriage in 1936, and she remained his primary muse until 1963. Not only was Eleanor the most pivotal subject in Callahan’s artistic development, she also worked to financially support his career and their family for decades. Eleanor was always willing to model: “Anytime he wanted to take a picture, regardless of what I was doing, I said, ‘Okay, fine, just a second,’ and I was right there.”


Purchase with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, Dr. Robert L. and Lucinda W. Bunnen, Collections Council Acquisition Fund, Jackson Fine Art, Powell, Goldstein, Frazer and Murphy, Jane and Clay Jackson, Beverly and John Baker, Roni and Sid Funk, Gloria and Paul Sternberg, and Jeffery L. Wigbels

Image Copyright

© Harry Callahan, Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York