Sunday, January 13, 2008

Callahan & Metzker Evoked

I found this photograph in a thrift store in Philadelphia some time ago and was immediately struck by how reminiscent it was of the early Harry Callahan and Ray Metzker photographs. The stark contrast in tones, the exaggerated use of scale and the selective rendering of visible information are all at play in this photograph; all of which were prevalent qualities of the street photography of the 40's and 50's. For a moment I was convinced it was a Metzker photograph. After all, he does live in Philadelphia.

Unknown Photographer