Walker Evans


The photographs of Walker Evans tell the story of American working-class life with an exacting frankness that was truly revolutionary for its time. His iconic portrait of Allie Mae Burroughs—a farmer’s wife, and mother of four, is one of the most firmly embedded images in American consciousness. A staffer at Fortune and Time magazines, Evans actually reached the height of his powers toward the end of The Great Depression. Drawing deeply on the American literary tradition, he went further than others in his refusal to romanticize poverty. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest photographers of his time, Evans’s forthright approach to portraiture and documentary redefined these genres for generations to come, and shaped how a nation remembers itself. (The Art Story)

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Photographing Truth Over Beauty
Photographing Truth Over Beauty

In this series, the curatorial team presents one work from the Meural art library we find essential.

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