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Walker Evans «Subway Portraits»
Walker Evans, «Subway Portraits»
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Source: Walker Evans, Subway and Streets, hrsg. von Sarah Greenough, National Gallery of Art, Washington 1991, S. 28


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 Walker Evans

* 1903 in Saint Louis and raised in Chicago, is known in the history of photography as an «image chronicler of American everyday culture». Evans began by studying literature before deciding to become a photographer in 1928. From 1935 to 1938, he participated in the government project The Resettlement Administration (renamed The Farm Security Administration: FSA in 1938), for which he photographed impoverished families of sharecroppers in Hale County (Alabama) among other themes. The 1938 exhibition «Walker Evans: American Photographs» shown at the MoMA was the museum’s first show devoted to a single photographer. In 1941, Walker Evans and James Agee published the volume Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. From 1945 to 1965, Evans taught at Yale University, where he received a professorship in 1965. In 1966, he published Many Are Called. A retrospective of his work was shown at the MoMA. in 1971. In 1975, Walker Evans died in New Haven, Connecticut.