Walker Evans, ‘Palumbo Public Ice-Fuel Corp. Truck, New York’, Sotheby's
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

Walker Evans

Palumbo Public Ice-Fuel Corp. Truck, New York

7 3/5 × 9 3/5 in
19.4 × 24.4 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
S
Sotheby's

Mounted, signed and with title, date, and annotation in pencil on the mount, circa 1934, printed in …

Medium
Photography
Walker Evans
American, 1903–1975
Follow

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.”

Walker Evans, ‘Palumbo Public Ice-Fuel Corp. Truck, New York’, Sotheby's
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
About the work
S
Sotheby's

Mounted, signed and with title, date, and annotation in pencil on the mount, circa 1934, printed in 1971 (Keller 199).

Medium
Photography
Walker Evans
American, 1903–1975
Follow

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.”

Walker Evans

Palumbo Public Ice-Fuel Corp. Truck, New York

7 3/5 × 9 3/5 in
19.4 × 24.4 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
More from this series
View series
Series by this artist
Other works by Walker Evans
Related works
Most Similar