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Author: John Szarkowski,Walker Evans
ISBN: 0870703129
Language: English
Pages: 189 pages
Category: Photography & Video
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art; 1st edition (June 1, 1971)
Rating: 4.5
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Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression

Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans's work from the FSA period uses the large-format, 8 10-inch (200 250 mm) view camera. He said that his goal as a photographer was to make pictures that are "literate, authoritative, transcendent".

John Szarkowski was an influential photographer, curator, historian, and critic. From 1962 to 1991 Szarkowski was the Director of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Books by John Szarkowski. Mor. rivia About Walker Evans.

Walker Evans, American photographer whose influence on the evolution of ambitious photography during the second half of the 20th . American photographer. Written By: John Szarkowski.

Walker Evans, American photographer whose influence on the evolution of ambitious photography during the second half of the 20th century was perhaps greater than that of any other figure. Walker Evans, (born November 3, 1903, St. Louis, Missouri, . died April 10, 1975, New Haven, Connecticut), American photographer whose influence on the evolution of ambitious photography during the second half of the 20th century was perhaps greater than that of any other figure.

Based on a landmark exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1964.

Walker Evans, more than any other photographer in the thirties and forties, defined the documentary aesthetic. com User, January 16, 2006. Evans and the other photographers of the Depression were craftmen and artists who could reach into peoples' lives and portrait their hardships on photo paper. These photo skills are still being taught at the best Photography Schools. Woody did the same with music.

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Publisher Marketing Walker Evans' 'American Photographs' is widely deemed the most important photobook ever .

Publisher Marketing Walker Evans' 'American Photographs' is widely deemed the most important photobook ever published. The book opens with images that cite photography, immediately establishing a tension between medium and message, although it is certainly for the message that Evans has become famous: 'American Photographs' points over and over again to the unhappy lot of the poor and the dispossessed in 1930s America.

Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression

Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression.

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Walker Evans' American Photographs is widely deemed the most important photobook ever published

Walker Evans' American Photographs is widely deemed the most important photobook ever published

A representative collection of Evans' photographs in which he records, in startling simplicity, the plight of the urban and rural poor over forty years
Comments (7)
Shan
OK...the love it part:
Walker Evans marvelous photography is understandably legendary. As a figurative painter I wallow in the sheer raw humanity in these images, and am continually inspired by great photography. Evans makes it seem too easy...as great artists so often do.
that brings us to the like it part;
However great this collection of images...this particular volume, has small reproductions. I'm sure these photos need HUGE...GARGANTUAN...HUMONGOUS PRINTS FOR BETTER VIEWING...BUT barring that...these will do.
Beranyle
… is what Walker Evans is best known for. In 1971, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) published this selective collection of his work. Although the photos span a 40 year period, 42 of the 100 were taken in an 18 month period, commencing in late 1935. Many of those were taken in Hale County, Alabama. There are numerous pictures of the buildings there, but the more memorable ones are of the people, almost always looking straight at the camera. I’ve looked at the pictures of those sharecroppers many times, and have found two aspects compelling: the straight-forward gaze at the viewer, and the bare feet of adults.

Numerous introductions to works of art or photography can be easily skipped, but in the case of John Szarkowski’s introduction to this work, I would urge that every word be read. Szarkowski describes Evans as a “conventional, if well-groomed, bohemian.” As such, he went to Paris during the ‘20’s, and returned with ideas that would challenge the two great acknowledged photographers of the era: Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. He was given a polite interview with Stieglitz, and modest encouragement.

The one steady job in his youth, with a secure income, was the brief period that he worked for the New Deal agency, the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Roy Stryker was both a photographer and manager, and headed the FSA. In addition to Evans, he recruited some of the best talent of the period, including Dorothea Lange and Ben Shahn. As Szarkowski explains, Stryker’s objective was in large measure political: explain the rural poor to the urban poor and thus preserve the tenuous coalition which had brought the New Deal to power. Ironically, Evans himself was neither political nor a populist, and there were major difference between the Stryker and Evans… the former a populist, striving for a political purpose, the other an artist of aristocratic temperament. When the funds for the agency were tightened, Stryker let Evans go in 1937.

Other insights into Evans’ work that Szarkowski provides: he preferred to take “old-fashioned photographs,” and not embrace the latest techniques based on the technical advances of cameras. He would try to “trick luck,” that all so ephemeral photo-op into serving his own prejudices. And the author admirably expressed the staying power of his photographs: “their ability to implant themselves like seeds in a crevice of the mind, where the slow clockwork of germination begins.”

There are many other photographs besides those taken in Hale County. Evans spent time in Cuba, and photographed the soot-covered dock workers. In NYC he would hide his camera under his jacket, and take photos surreptitiously of passengers seated opposite him. There are numerous photos of the people of Chicago. In addition to the old wooden structures taken in the rural south, as is featured on the cover, he also photographed the abandoned mansions in Louisiana, such as Belle Grove plantation.

Evans was alive when this work was published. Since 1965, he had been a professor at Yale, teaching photography, and becoming a “Stieglitz” to the new era of inspiring photographers. Evans would die the same year as Roy Stryker did: 1975.

The seeds of his work continue to germinate: 5-stars for this excellent tribute.
Mightsinger
DON'T PASS 'GO' ...JUST ORDER IT...!
Ynonno
excellent book
Xtintisha
The version I bought is the paperback version. It's way too small a format to see the photos, much less the print. While the photos are well printed and look good (and why wouldn't they at this teeny tiny size?) I can't say I'm appreciating the book; buy the larger version.
Nayatol
Anyone who is a fan of Walker Evans photography (and who wouldn't be) should own this book! It is one of the best, if not the best, coffee table sized book on Walker. He was amazing and this book is just as amazing. Highly recommend!
Jeyn
This edition is small but it brings a lot of material on Walker Evans. A detailed look at his work, from the beginning to the end. Accompanied by text explaining each period and creative development.
In short, a little book about a great photographer.
great book