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Walker Evans

American, 1903–1975

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Walker Evans

American, 1903–1975

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Few images capture a moment in American history as clearly as Walker Evans’ groundbreaking 1938 monograph American Photographs and his 1941 collaboration with author James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. A pioneer of documentary photography, Evans catalogued the essence of 20th century America in his photographs of Main Streets, churches, factories, and New York City commuters, whom he shot by hiding a 35mm Contax camera underneath his coat. Toward the end of his long career, the two-time Guggenheim Fellow began experimenting with the color Polaroid SX-70. His groundbreaking work influenced generations of photographers, including Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, and Lee Friedlander, and served as source material for Sherrie Levine’s conceptual appropriations. Photography, Evans once said, “is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.”

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Biography

Few images capture a moment in American history as clearly as Walker Evans’ groundbreaking 1938 monograph American Photographs and his 1941 collaboration with author James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. A pioneer of documentary photography, Evans catalogued the essence of 20th century America in his photographs of Main Streets, churches, factories, and New York City commuters, whom he shot by hiding a 35mm Contax camera underneath his coat. Toward the end of his long career, the two-time Guggenheim Fellow began experimenting with the color Polaroid SX-70. His groundbreaking work influenced generations of photographers, including Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, and Lee Friedlander, and served as source material for Sherrie Levine’s conceptual appropriations. Photography, Evans once said, “is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
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Feb 1st, 2017
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Oct 11th, 2016
15 Artists Who Captured New York Life on the Subway
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