Walker Evans American Photographs

An exhibition of 59 prints of Great Depression-era photographs by American photographer Walker Evans.

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Walker Evans American Photographs celebrates the photographer’s landmark solo exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1938. A leading figure in the history of American documentary photography, Walker Evans is today considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

In the 1930s, Evans traveled extensively throughout the Eastern United States, creating a collective photographic portrait of the region during a decade of profound transformation. Included in this reimagined exhibition are 59 photographs organized in two sections: the first portrays American society through images of its individuals and social contexts, and the second consists of photographs of American cultural artifacts—the architecture of Main streets, factory towns, rural churches, and wooden houses.

Walker Evans American Photographs is based on an exhibition originally organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and organized by Sarah Hermanson Meister, former Curator, with Tasha Lutek, Collection Specialist, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Image: Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). Parked Car, Small Town Main Street, 1932, Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1969 by Charles Rodemeyer. © 2021 Walker Evans Archive, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist.