Walker Evans: American Photographs


Artist(s): Walker Evans
Author(s): Lincoln Kerstein
Format: hardback
Year published: 1962
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art
Publisher Location: New York
Total Pages: 195
Illustrations: Illustrated in B&W throughout

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More than any other artist, Walker Evans invented the images of essential America that we have long since accepted as fact, and his work has influenced not only modern photography but also literature, film and visual arts in other mediums. American Photographs is a carefully prepared letterpress production, published by The Museum of Modern Art in 1938 to accompany an exhibition of photographs by Evans that captured scenes of America in the early 1930s. As noted on the jacket, Evans, “photographing in New England or Louisiana, watching a Cuban political funeral or a Mississippi flood, working cautiously so as to disturb nothing in the normal atmosphere of the average place, can be considered a kind of disembodied, burrowing eye, a conspirator against time and its hammers.”


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