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  • Walker EvansHis photographs of roadside architecture, rural churches, small-town barbers, and cemeteries reveal a deep respect for the neglected traditions of the common man and secured his reputation as Americas preeminent documentarian.
  • History-Born in 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri-He liked painting as a child-Collected picture postcards and made snapshots of his family & friends with asmall Kodak camera-He attended Williams College for a year, but quit and moved to New YorkCity-He wrote short stories in Paris and learned French-He moved back to New York City and took up the camera
  • History-His early photographs reveal the influence of European modernism-He switched to his own style which was more realistic-The Depression Years of 1935-36 were ones of remarkable productivity andaccomplishments for him-In June 1935, he accepted a job from the U.S. Department of Interior to photographa government-built resettlement community of unemployed coal miners in West Virginia-Evans photographs for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men are stunningly honest representations of the faces,bedrooms, and clothing of individual farmers living on a dry hillside seventeen miles north of Greensboro,Alabama.-In September 1938, the Museum of Modern Art opened American Photographs, aretrospective of Evans first decade of photography.-Between 1938 and 1941, Evans produced a remarkable series of portraits in the NewYork City subway. With a 35mm Contax camera strapped to his chest, its lens peeking out between twobuttons of his winter coat, Evans was able to photograph his fellow passengers at close range.
  • History-Between 1934 and 1965, Evans contributed more than 400 photographs to 45articles published in Fortune magazine-His topics were executed with black-and-white and color materials and included company insignias, commontools, old summer resort hotels, and views of America from the train window.-In 1973, Evans began to work with the innovative Polaroid SX-70 camera andan unlimited supply of film from its manufacturer.
  • Alabama Tenant Farmer Wife, 1936
  • Alabama Tenant Farmer, 1936
  • Couple at Coney Island, New York, 1928
  • Signs, New York, 1928–30
  • Lunchroom Window, New York, 1929
  • License Photo Studio, New York, 1934
  • Street Scene, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1936
  • Subway Passengers, 1938
  • Children on East Sixty-first Street
  • Cars Parked
  • Referenceshttp://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/evan/hd_evan.htmhttp://memory.loc.gov/ammem/fsahtml/fachap04.htmlhttp://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/Walker-Evans.html