For someone who came of age aware of the titans of 20th century photography, recent museum exhibitions and their attendant monographs are an encouraging sign that raging digitalisis has not extinguished the memory of and interest in pictures made out of light, silver and paper. Personally, I am past the time of life that finds traveling to museums a comfortable and satisfying way of seeing photograph or for that matter any art. Thus that publishers continue to invest in the production of paper books is a double blessing— one need not travel and the opportunity to view favorite images at will and endlessly.
Harry Callahan’s life coincides with most of the 20th century. When he passed in 1999 he left behind 100,000 negatives and over 10,000 proof prints. So, consider the task of curating a retrospective of Callahan’s long and productive and multi faceted career. WHich is the challenge Dirk Luckow and Sabine Schnakenberg took upon themselves in assembling Retrospective (Kehrer Verlag) It’s a spendid tome and if you are in the neighborhood or are inclined to travel to Munich you can view Harry Callahan – Retrospective through October 27, 2013 at Münchner Stadtmuseum.
Youngster Abelardo Morrell work can be found in collections the world over and he is currently on exhibit Chicago’s Art Institute through September 13. And barring a trip to the Heartland, you will find his work in Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door by Abelardo Morell, Elizabeth Siegel, Brett Abbott and Paul Martineau (Art Institute of Chicago)
If Walker Evans needs an introduction you are in the wrong place.
New York’s Museum of Modern Art is celebrating the anniversary of Walker Evans’s 1938 exhibition with a reprise of Walker Evans American Photographs through January 26, 2014. The exhibition catalogue, Walker Evans: American Photographs: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Edition by Lincoln Kirstein, Walker Evans and Sarah Meister(The Museum of Modern Art, New York;) is essentially the edition offered originally, taking advantage of new technology available seventy five years later to produce a first rate book of 60 plus photographs.
Currently reading Orfeo by Richard Powers (WW Norton)