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Walker Evans

American

Biography

Born

1903

Died

1975

Nationality

American

Birth Place

Saint Louis

Death Place

New Haven

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.

Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Resettlement Administration and the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans' New Deal work uses the large format, 8 × 10-inch (200×250 mm) view camera. He said that his goal as a photographer was to make pictures that are "literate, authoritative, transcendent". Many of his works are in the permanent collections of museums and have been the subject of retrospectives at such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the George Eastman Museum.

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Born 3 November 1903; died 10 April 1975. In 1928, Evans worked as a freelance photographer in Boston, Massachusetts and New York City, New York. In 1930 Evans undertook a project to photograph popular housing and Victorian architecture in New England. In 1935, Evans travelled to New Orleans, Louisiana to photograph southern plantation architecture. From 1935 to 1937, Evans worked as a staff photographer for the Farm Security Administration. In 1935, he documented the coal mines and industrial towns in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as the effects of flooding in Arkansas and Tennessee in 1936-1937. In 1937, Evans undertook a project with James Agee to photograph the lives of tenent farm families in Hale County, Alabama. The project was turned into a book entitled "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men". In 1943, Evans joined the staff of Time Magazine. From 1945 to 1965, Evans acted as editor and photographer for Fortune Magazine. During the 1950s Evans began to focus on American industrial landscapes.

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