Walker Evans

Walker Evans, 1903–75, American photographer, b. St. Louis. Evans began his photographic career in 1928. His studies of Victorian architecture and his photographs of the rural South during the Great Depression, made for the Farm Security Administration, are among his best-known works. Many of Evans's photographs of tenant farmers appeared in the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941, with text by James Agee). Evans's other books include American Photographs (1938) and Message from the Interior (1966). His work is characterized by a spare precision that emphasizes the dignity of his subjects.

See biographies by B. Rathbone (1995) and J. R. Mellow (1999); Walker Evans (Mus. of Modern Art, 1971); Walker Evans and Unclassified: A Walker Evans Anthology (both: Metropolitan Mus. of Art, 2000).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Walker Evans: Selected full-text books and articles

Walker Evans By James R. Mellow Basic Books, 1999
Scavenging the Landscape: Walker Evans and American Life By Rachleff, Melissa Afterimage, Vol. 23, No. 4, January-February 1996
"The Transparent Eyeball": On Emerson and Walker Evans By Blinder, Caroline Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 37, No. 4, December 2004
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Primitive Myths: Photography and the American South By Zanes, Warren Afterimage, Vol. 25, No. 4, January-February 1998
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