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Key Works: Walker Evans

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The photographs of Walker Evans told the story of American working-class life with an exacting frankness that was truly revolutionary for its time. He is best known for his documentation of the effects of the Great Depression, especially for the iconic portrait of a Southern farmer’s wife. Initially Evans wanted to become a writer. He remained a profoundly literary thinker. It is important to remember that most of his images were shot for books, magazines, articles, and essays. His work presents a powerful class-based dilemma. Born into an affluent family, Evans never fully identified with the poor rural farmers he portrayed. In addition to direct observation, he relied heavily on literary sources for his insights, creating a kind of closed-feedback loop that reinforced an outsider’s perspective. (The Art Story)

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Roadside Stand Near Birmingham, Alabama
Roadside Stand Near Birmingham, Alabama
Bethlehem Graveyard and Steel Mill. Pennsylvania
Bethlehem Graveyard and Steel Mill. Pennsylvania
Citizen in Downtown Havana
Citizen in Downtown Havana
Allie Mae Burroughs
Allie Mae Burroughs