Walker Evans: America

Genre: Coffee Table; Author: Birgit Mayer, Michael Brix

Evans used his camera to document more of America than the sharecropper culture made famous in his and James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. America, a collection of pictures from 39 years of work (1927-1948) includes his powerfully harsh shots of the industrial landscapes of the North as well as the more familiar scenes of rural Southern life. The accompanying essay by Michael Brix is a brilliant exposition of Evans’ work, and Evans’ own brief essay is similarly revealing. A

Originally posted October 4 1991 — 12:00 AM EDT

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