National Gallery of Art, Washington, © Estate of Harry Callahan, courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

We are terribly sad to report that Eleanor Callahan, muse to her husband photographer Harry Callahan, died on Tuesday in Atlanta.

With her raven hair and ripe figure, Eleanor Callahan is one of the most recognizable models in the history of 20th-century photography, an inseparable part of both the life and work of one of its most renowned artists. Clothed and standing among trees in a public park, or nude and turned to the wall while clutching a radiator in an empty room, she served as a formal element within Mr. Callahan’s austere compositions as well as a symbol of womanhood. From 1941 to his death in 1999, she allowed herself to be photographed by him, without complaint, hundreds of times.

via New York Times

Rest in peace, Eleanor. Here, look back at the beautiful work of Harry Callahan.

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