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The Story of a Photograph: Walker Evans, Ellie Mae Burroughs, and the Great Depression (Kindle Singles) by [Thompson, Jerry L.]
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Length: 51 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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Walker Evans, renowned for his slice-of-life photographs of Depression-era families, wasn't much for politics. But he knew a good deal when he saw one--so he jumped at the offer made by James Agee, a writer at Fortune, to use the best new equipment available to illustrate a series of articles on white Southern tenant farmers in 1936. According to Jerry Thompson, Evans' former assistant and author of The Story of a Photograph, the results enabled Evans to visually define a critical period in American history--whether he intended to or not. (The Evans-Agee collaboration eventually produced Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which did not sell well in either man's lifetime but has become a photojournalistic classic.) In the stark image most often associated with Evans' work, a young woman in a simple housedress stares down the lens. Ellie Mae Burroughs has a face that speaks volumes: of struggle, strength, and world-weariness. The story of how she came to pose for this iconic portrait leads Thompson to thoughtful, informed ruminations on the craft and purpose of creating art. "In good poetry, and especially in Evans's pictures, both the tenor and the vehicle matter," he writes. "Evans's best pictures are fact and symbol at the same time." --Mia Lipman

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  • File Size: 1039 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Now and Then Reader (May 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00846931Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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