Gelatin silver print
Image: 21.3 x 31.9 cm (8 3/8 x 12 9/16 inches)
Gift of the artist in memory of Danny Robbins, Director, Museum of Art, RISD, 1965-1971 1996.12
Experimental views of city streets had been a subject for Harry Callahan since he took his first photographs in Detroit during the early 1940s. This image was made about five years after he arrived in Providence to found RISD’s photography department. Callahan’s urban scenes of the 1960s are frequently populated by individuals lost in their own worlds and disconnected from their surroundings. They sometimes exhibit an unsettling quality, as the angry stare of the central figure in this photograph suggests. By superimposing image upon image, Callahan conveyed what he believed to be the jarring dislocations of contemporary society.