Photography

Evans, Walker (1903 - 1975)

Revealing artistic abilities in his childhood, Walker Evans took on photography in New York after having travelled in Paris with the intention to become a writer. His early photographs thus revealed an European influence with their formal graphic aesthetic. In June 1935, he accepted a job from the US Department of the Interior to photograph a resettlement community of coal minors in West Virginia. With this assignment, he clearly moved towards a realistic manner that documented the Great Depression with much elegance and distance. From the country’s individuals to its social institutions as well as the architectural relics of rural towns, the American photographer depicted a precise yet poetic portrait of the country even when he decided to produce a series within New York’s subway where ‘even more than in lone bedrooms (where there are mirrors), people’s faces are in naked repose down.’ With his visual encyclopedia of America’s journey into modernity, Walker Evans pioneered a documentary tradition that influenced such photographers as Helen Levitt, Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander.
 

Walker Evans, 6th Avenue / 42nd Street
Walker Evans, 6th Avenue / 42nd Street
Walker Evans, American, New York, c. 1928-1930
Walker Evans, American, New York, c. 1928-1930
Walker Evans, Barber Shop, New Orleans, 1935
Walker Evans, Barber Shop, New Orleans, 1935
Walker Evans, Brooklyn Bridge, 1929
Walker Evans, Brooklyn Bridge, 1929
Walker Evans, Burrougs Family, Hale County, Alabama, 1936
Walker Evans, Burrougs Family, Hale County, Alabama, 1936
Walker Evans, Coney Island, Boardwalk, 1929
Walker Evans, Coney Island, Boardwalk, 1929
Walker Evans, Dock-worker, Havana, Cuba, 1932
Walker Evans, Dock-worker, Havana, Cuba, 1932
Walker Evans, East 14th Street, 1928
Walker Evans, East 14th Street, 1928
Walker Evans, Female Pedestrian, New York, c. 1929-1931
Walker Evans, Female Pedestrian, New York, c. 1929-1931
Walker Evans, Havana Corner, 1933
Walker Evans, Havana Corner, 1933
Walker Evans, Lincoln Building Construction, 42nd Street and Park Avenue, New York
Walker Evans, Lincoln Building Construction, 42nd Street and Park Avenue, New York
Walker Evans, Secondhand Shop Window
Walker Evans, Secondhand Shop Window
Walker Evans, South Street, New York, 1932
Walker Evans, South Street, New York, 1932
Walker Evans, Tenant Farmer’s Wife, Alabama
Walker Evans, Tenant Farmer’s Wife, Alabama
Walker Evans, Times Square / Broadway Composition, New York, 1930
Walker Evans, Times Square / Broadway Composition, New York, 1930
Walker Evans, Women in Hair Salon, ca. 1960's
Walker Evans, Women in Hair Salon, ca. 1960's
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