Walker Evans

(1903 - 1975)
Walker Evans Sharecropper (Floyd Burroughs), Hale County, Alabama 1936


American photographer Walker Evans took up photography in 1928. He made a series of photographs documenting New York from 1928 to 1929, capturing the city from unusual angles and viewpoints and taking pictures of people on the streets. Evans was one of the first photographers to show the reality of life in the southern states of America during the Depression. He worked with the Farm Security Administration (FSA) from 1935 to 1936 producing photographs that recorded the difficult lives of the farmers and their families. Evans created a large body of documentary photographs capturing all aspects of American life, from travellers on the New York subway to poverty-stricken farmers.