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).

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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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They Must Be Represented: The Politics of Documentary By Paula Rabinowitz Verso, 1994
Librarian's tip: Chap. 2 "Voyeurism and Class Consciousness: James Agee and Walker Evans Praise Famous Men"
On the Margins of Art Worlds By Larry Gross Westview Press, 1995
Librarian's tip: Chap. 10 "Trading Places in the Art World: The Reputations of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans"
Mind's Eye, Mind's Truth: FSA Photography Reconsidered By James Curtis Temple University Press, 1989
Librarian's tip: Chap. Two "'An Art for All That': Walker Evans and Documentary Photography"
In the Company of Media: Cultural Constructions of Communication, 1920s-1930s By Hanno Hardt Westview Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "Billboards of the Dream: Walker Evans on 1930s U. S. Advertising"
Primitive Myths: Photography and the American South By Zanes, Warren Afterimage, Vol. 25, No. 4, January-February 1998
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