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Walker Evans

West Virginia Living Room, 1953

Gelatin silver
8 × 9 3/8 in
20.3 × 23.8 cm
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PROVENANCE: The artist; Gay Ann Burke, acquired from the above; The Estate of Gay Ann Burke. …

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PROVENANCE: The artist; Gay Ann Burke, acquired from the above; The Estate of Gay Ann Burke. Proceeds from the sale of this photograph will help fund the annual Gay Burke Memorial Fellowship in Photographic Arts, administered by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Gay Ann Burke was born December 30, 1946 in …

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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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PROVENANCE: The artist; Gay Ann Burke, acquired from the above; The Estate of Gay Ann Burke. …

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PROVENANCE: The artist; Gay Ann Burke, acquired from the above; The Estate of Gay Ann Burke. Proceeds from the sale of this photograph will help fund the annual Gay Burke Memorial Fellowship in Photographic Arts, administered by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Gay Ann Burke was born December 30, 1946 in …

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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.”

Walker Evans

West Virginia Living Room, 1953

Gelatin silver
8 × 9 3/8 in
20.3 × 23.8 cm
Bidding closed
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