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Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye Paperback – October 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081099187X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810991873
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Evans (1903-1973), an immortal of the art-photography establishment he eschewed, had a distinct antipathy toward certain eminent colleagues--Stieglitz, Steichen, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams--in whose work he found undesirable dramatization. His own materials were everyday life and vernacular art and architecture in which he discerned aesthetic possibilities "when intelligent observation backed up by a culture was applied to them," notes French art historian Mora. A fine line positions Evans's fame, for, as seen in this retrospective volume, his "hungry eye" and visual judgment, combined with an aversion to artistic grandiosity, produced images that were innovative and arresting in the 1930s but might seem undistinguished today to the untutored eye. Included among the 300 photographs reproduced here are the 100-picture 1938 exhibition at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, "American Photographs," and selections from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men , a book collaboration by Evans and James Agee. Design on these pages , however, frequently overshadows art, with white space overwhelming the illustrations. A literal reproduction of the MOMA exhibition's original geometry and picture sequence so reduces many of the scenes that the reader can barely view them.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Evans (1903-75) began photographing in 1927, joined Time in 1945, later became editor at Fortune , and ended his career as a professor of graphic design at Yale. The body of work he produced in half a century distinguishes him as one of the most important and influential 20th-century American photographers. This is not the first book to present Evans's work retrospectively, but this is certainly the most comprehensive. Mora ( Walker Evans: Havana 1933 , Pantheon, 1989) and Hill (Evans's friend and executor of his estate) provide concise and readable biographical and interpretive essays accompanied by exquisite reproductions. The photo groups are arranged chronologically, with essays introducing each project or period in Evans's life. Topics range from the Brooklyn Bridge to his work for the Farm Security Administration--including his famous photographs for James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men --to the Museum of Modern Art exhibition "American Photographs," reproduced in exact sequence and relative size. Highly recommended for photography and photographic history collections.
- Kathleen Collins, New York Transit Museum Archives, Brooklyn
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is very informative of Walker Evans.
Melissa
As a figurative painter I wallow in the sheer raw humanity in these images, and am continually inspired by great photography.
M. murdock
He was amazing and this book is just as amazing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on August 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is very informative of Walker Evans. It shows a wide variety of his work form portraiture to architecture, from the streets of New York to exotic places. It not only shows the works of art but also shows short blurbs about the place he was at and what was happening in his life; like why he was there and what he wanted out of the photo shoot.

The part I like best about this book is that it references whose work he was admiring at the time. It also references his feelings, whether it was something he hated or something that was inspiring him. The print of the book is also very representational. It shows in great detail the contrast and depth of the works of art. I give the book 5 stars. I really enjoyed reading the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary on June 1, 2009
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The version I bought is the paperback version. It's way too small a format to see the photos, much less the print. While the photos are well printed and look good (and why wouldn't they at this teeny tiny size?) I can't say I'm appreciating the book; buy the larger version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By giannakos simos on January 31, 2012
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THIS IS A GREAT BOOK WITH SOME OF THE GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHS OF WALKER EVANS,
THAT EVERY ONE HOW LIKES PHOTOGRAPHY SHOULD LAY EYE ON.
IS A GREAT SCHOOL FOR THE EYE.
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By M. murdock on May 30, 2014
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OK...the love it part:
Walker Evans marvelous photography is understandably legendary. As a figurative painter I wallow in the sheer raw humanity in these images, and am continually inspired by great photography. Evans makes it seem too easy...as great artists so often do.
that brings us to the like it part;
However great this collection of images...this particular volume, has small reproductions. I'm sure these photos need HUGE...GARGANTUAN...HUMONGOUS PRINTS FOR BETTER VIEWING...BUT barring that...these will do.
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