As one of the great songwriters of his generation, Bill Callahan remains a mythic figure. Whether in his earlier work as Smog or his more recent incarnation (under his given name), Callahan’s music expresses a kind of privacy that is precious because it’s so rare.
In 2008, Chris Taylor sent an unsolicited email to record label Drag City with a proposal: a book of photographs of and around Bill Callahan. Taylor found himself driving 658 miles from his home in Victoria, B.C. to meet Callahan and discuss the idea: that he would travel to Callahan’s home in Austin, TX and photograph him every other day for a month.
A book of photos titled The Life and Times of William Callahan is the result of his time in Austin, and is as much a portrait of Callahan as any of Callahan’s songs. Shirts, walls, and trees seem to have faces, but as with people (Callahan in this case) their depths and secrets remain hidden, barely hinted at by their features.
Hardcover with photo, 67 pages, 35 color plates, 22 cm x 27.9 cm, Text by Paul Butler, Production by Hassla Projects, Edition of 450, $45 Purchase HERE