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University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Molly Kalkstein (Project Director: July 2015 to March 2017)
Rebecca A. Senf (Project Director: March 2017 to present)
Molly Kalkstein (Co Project Director: July 2016 to March 2017)
W. James Burns (Co Project Director: March 2017 to present)

Planning the Harry Callahan Research Portal at the Center for Creative Photography

Planning and development of a collaborative online portal on the work of American photographer Harry Callahan (1912-1999); it would include a sortable database containing a gallery of 2,700 cataloged prints dating from the 1940s to the 1990s, an interactive chronology, and guides to Callahan’s working materials and practice.

The Harry Callahan survey project, currently underway at the Center for Creative Photography, seeks to collect and disseminate extensive, object-based information on an estimated 2,700 original prints by the photographer, spread across ten public institutions in the United States and France. Modeled in part on a traditional catalogue raisonné, this effort is, to date, the only such project to thus treat a twentieth-century photographer on such a large scale. The result of the Callahan survey will be a robust online Research Portal comprising, at minimum, an interactive, sortable database and gallery of the catalogued prints, as well as guides to the photographer's materials. The web component of the Callahan project will also be supplemented by a scholarly book profiling the unique strengths of each of the surveyed collections and containing new essays on the photographer by curators Sarah Greenough and Keith Davis, and gallerist Peter MacGill, among others.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$38,318 (approved)
$38,318 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 6/30/2019