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The name Walker Evans conjures images of the American everyman.Whether it's his iconic contributions to James Agee's depressioneraclassic book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, his architecturalexplorations of antebellum plantations, or his subway series, takenwith a camera hidden in his coat, Evans's accessible and eloquentphotographs speak to us all. This comprehensive book traces theentire arc of Evans's remarkable career, from the 1930's to the1970's. The illustrations in the book range from his earliest imagestaken with a vest pocket camera, to his final photos using the thennew SX-70 because his regular equipment became too heavy tocarry around. The book includes commentary from three of Evans'slongtime friends, photographers John T. Hill and Jerry Thompsonand professor emeritus (Yale University) Alan Trachtenberg. Theirinsight and first-hand experience give depth to their critical writingson Evans's work. In addition to offering a broad perspective onEvans' work, the book also clarifies the photographer's "anti-art"philosophy. Eschewing aesthetic hyperbole, Evans wanted hispictures to resonate with a wide audience. At the same time, hisnatural curiosity made him one of the most inventive photographersof all time. What these photographs and writings attest to is ahuge and timeless talent, which came not from a camera, but fromEvans's uniquely hungry eye.
Number of Pages: 406
Publisher: Prestel Pub
Street Date: November 25, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-2957
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