Walker Evans: Havana 1933


ISBN: 9780500541579
Artist(s): Walker Evans
Author(s): Gilles Mora
Format: hardback
Year published: 1989
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 111
Illustrations: Illustrated in B&W throughout

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Walker Evans set out for Cuba in 1933, ostensibly to illustrate Carleton Beals’ book The Crime of Cuba – although Evans claimed not to have read a word of the book before starting to take his pictures. For three weeks, he found himself face to face with the full range of life in a tropical city already on the brink of revolution – and with the reality of a social and political situation of which he had been previously unaware. Between visits to Ernest Hemingway – who befriended him – the 29-year-old Evans wandered the streets and rural suburbs of Havana, with both the enthusiasm and the sense of distance peculiar to a photographer who could distil the essence of the world before him without destroying the intensity of the moment.


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