Callahan, Harry (Photographer) & Davis, Keith F. (Contributor). HARRY CALLAHAN: NEW COLOR: PHOTOGRAPHS 1978-1987. Kansas City, MO: Hallmark Cards, Inc. , 1988. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 131 pages. Fine/Fine.

Exhibition Monograph. One of the most important and beautiful books on the photographic art and achievement of Harry Callahan. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Hallmark Cards: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Harry Callahan. Essay by Keith F. Davis. Invaluable Chronology, Selected Bibliography, and Exhibition History appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the travelling exhibition of the same name held in various major venues in 1988. Presents Harry Callahan's "New Color: Photographs 1978-1987". The photographer's ground-breaking work in color, published at the height of his reputation and influence. Harry Callahan was already the subject of two previous retrospectives: At the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York and at the Venice Biennale, which cemented his reputation as an art photographer (in black-and-white) of the first rank. His influence on photographers who work exclusively or almost exclusively in color has been different from Eggleston's. That is, one can draw a straight line from William Eggleston to Martin Parr, and then another one, from Harry Callahan to Joel Meyerowitz. It is as much a difference of temperament and sensibility as of formal approach. A master of composition and a genius of abstraction whose primary interest lay in shape, pattern, space, and light, Callahan was the exact opposite of Eggleston. "What is striking is the way color introduces an unexpected element of heat into the cool detachment of his design. Color acquires a deeper aesthetic resonance whether the subjects are streets, storefronts, old houses, and buildings. The best pictures of their kind" (The New York Times). An absolute "must-have" title for Harry Callahan collectors. This copy is prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Harry Callahan. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is an art photography classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws. Harry Callahan was a reluctant signer at best. So there are few signed copies of any of his books. A rare signed copy thus. 72 color plates. Harry Callahan's "Water's Edge" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HARRY CALLAHAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0875296246. $200.00

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