In 1956, Harry Callahan (1912-1999) ran the photography department of the Institute of Design in Chicago. He received a grant from the Graham Foundation to create a project of his choice. Momentarily tempted to use this money to go to Northern Michigan, Callahan took a year-long sabbatical and, on the advice of Edward Steichen, left for Europe with his wife Eleanor and his daughter Barbara, then seven years old. After two months in Germany, he traveled to Aix-en-Provence from September 1957 to July 1958.
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