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A college dropout after his freshman year, St. Louis-born photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) moved to Paris for a year in 1926, then took a brokerage job on Wall Street, pursuing friendships with Hart Crane, James Agee, Ben Shahn, John Cheever, Lincoln Kirstein and others that nourished his art. His documentary studies of the rural South during the Depression evoke the dark side of the American dream with unsparing realism. The elusive, aloof photographer's vision of America as a junk culture of advertising, cars and dereliction may have roots in his troubled childhood, suggests Rathbone, a historian of photography, in an engrossing biography that penetrates Evans's wall of lofty reserve. Growing up in Chicago and Toledo, Evans saw through the false fronts of his father, an advertising executive, and his mother, an extravagant social climber who repeatedly spurned her son's pleas for affection. Evans's father had a love affair with their next-door neighbor and moved in with her, after which Walker turned inward and took up photography. Illustrated with 50 of Evans's photos (not seen by PW).
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Bored by academia and enlivened by art, young Evans wanted to be a writer, but as Rathbone, his first and very astute biographer, explains, he was "more inclined to be a spy than a confessor." When Evans first starting taking photographs, photography was still considered suspect, a bit too tawdry to qualify as a fine art, but that soon changed, an evolution of aesthetics driven, in part, by Evans' own meticulously observed and often ironic images. Rathbone does a superb job of describing Evans' elusive personality and unique vision. He was a small and physically weak man with a potent and unrelenting gaze, a fondness for fine clothes, and a somewhat ambivalent sexuality. Many of his friends were gay, including Hart Crane and Lincoln Kirstein, and Evans' relationship with James Agee, with whom he collaborated on the unforgettable Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, had an odd cast to it, but Evans loved women, married twice, and had many affairs. On the artistic front, Rathbone chronicles the circumstances surrounding Evans' most famous series, including his New York subway portraits and his photographs of the rural South, providing a rich context for these indelible masterpieces. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; First Edition edition (April 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618056726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618056729
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John H. Flannigan on January 25, 2007
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Belinda Rathbone's biography is readable, carefully researched, and, as befits a photographer writing about another photographer, scrupulously honest. Without wallowing in Walker Evans' prickliness or eccentricities, she presents a thorough, elegantly written study of a gifted, troubled artist. It is Evans' artistry that gets primary focus here--as it should. I enjoyed the selection of Evans' photographs that begin the book, and I admired Rathbone's ability to set Evans' photographic style against a series of contexts: the Depression era taste for documentary, the growing popularity of landscape photography, Warhol and Lichtenstein's pop-art, and so on. Rathbone's eye and her pen do her proud in this book.
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Excellent biography by Belinda Rathbone of Walker Evans, one of the best photographers of his time. I read this in 1 week, could'nt put it down. He lived a fascinating life and the author provides a detailed account of his family background, childhood and school years thru his year abroad in Paris and then the start of his photography career in New York. His creative influences, career milestones, relationships and all other events of his life are chronicled in an interesting, easy to read style. I definately recommend it for anyone interested in wanting to learn and understand more about Walker Evans, or anyone with an interest in black & white photography.
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