EVANS, WALKER

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THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

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Clth, 7.75 x 8.75 in. / 208 pgs / 87 duotone.

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PUB DATE 8/31/2012
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Seventy-fifth-anniversary facsimile edition of one of the most significant photobooks ever published.

In his essay for American Photographs, Lincoln Kirstein describes Evans as both a 'visual doctor, diagnostician rather than specialist,' and 'the family physician, quiet and dispassionate.' However one defines his role, the photographer made work that was at once plainspoken and eloquent—images that still define something essential and true about America and Americans." - Vince Aletti, The New Yorker

  

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Walker Evans: American Photographs

Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Edition

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Introduction by Sarah Meister. Text by Lincoln Kirstein.

Featured image, "Birmingham Boarding House" (1936), is reproduced from <I>Walker Evans: American Photographs</I>.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. The original edition of American Photographs was 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 of the first edition, 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.” This seventy-fifth anniversary edition of American Photographs, made with new reproductions, recreates the original 1938 edition as closely as possible to make the landmark publication available for a new generation. American Photographs has fallen out of print for long periods of time since it was first published, and even subsequent editions--two of which altered the design and typography of the book in small but significant ways--are often available only at libraries and rare bookstores. This version, like the fiftieth-anniversary edition produced by the Museum in 1988, captures the look and feel of the very first edition with the aid of new digital technologies.
Walker Evans (1903–1975) took up photography upon his return to New York in 1927, following a year in Paris when his aspiration to become a writer withered in the shadow of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Joyce. In 1935, Evans was commissioned by the Farm Security Administration to photograph the effects of the Great Depression in the Southeast. During this time he took many of the photographs that appeared in his collaboration with James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), a book which has become a defining document of that era. Evans joined the staff of Time magazine in 1945 and shortly thereafter became an editor at Fortune, where he stayed for the next two decades. In 1964, he became a professor at the Yale University School of Art, where he taught until his death in 1975.

Featured images—"Roadside Stand Near Birmingham" (1936); "Sidewalk and Shopfront, New Orleans" (1935); "Part of Phillipsburg, New Jersey" (1936); "Girl in Fulton Street, New York" (1929); "Parked Car, Small Town Main Street" (1932); and "Birmingham Boarding House" (1936)—are reproduced from Walker Evans: American Photographs.

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First published in 1938 by The Museum of Modern Art, Walker Evans: American Photographs is without a doubt one of the most influential photobooks ever published. You could compare it to Robert Frank's The Americans, although Evans' book came first and was a major influence on the young Robert Frank. Because the book has been out of print for long stretches, this is only the fifth edition; the last edition was in 1988, over 20 years ago. This new edition follows the original format and design but features newly created image separations.
Originally published for Evans' exhibition at MoMA , American Photographs is comprised of 87 images, 38 of which are from his famous Farm Security Administration series. There are photos from across the country, from NYC to Savannah, GA, including cityscapes, gas stations, Victorian architecture, barber shops and of course portraits.
The book's significance was recognized immediately upon publication: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote in her newspaper column that "it shows us contemporary America, and I think all of us who care about our country will be deeply interested in this record." Another critic wrote that the pictures "testify to the symptoms of waste and selfishness that caused the ruin in our civilization."
American Photographs inspired not just photographers but also artists like Ben Shahn, composer Aaron Copeland and writers like William Carlos Williams; in other words, Evans' influence reaches far beyond the photo world. -- Avery Lozada
Artbook | D.A.P. Staff

 






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