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"In Evans's world, even the inanimate things, bureau drawers, pots, tires, bricks, signs, seem waiting in their own patient dignity, posing for their pictures." --Lincoln Kirstein
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Gilles Mora est historien de la photographie. Il est l auteur ou le co-auteur des monographies entre autres de Walker Evans, d Edward Weston, de W. Eugene Smith, toutes publiees aux Editions du Seuil, ou il a ete directeur de collection jusqu en 2009. En 1985, Au moment du bicentenaire de la revolution francaise, en 1989, il fut charge par Jack Lang des expositions concernant la photographie francaise aux Etats-Unis. En 2010, la Ville de Montpellier lui a confie la direction artistique du Pavillon Populaire.
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Product Details

  • Series: Photofile
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (February 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500410844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500410844
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2016
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… is what Walker Evans is best known for. In 1971, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) published this selective collection of his work. Although the photos span a 40 year period, 42 of the 100 were taken in an 18 month period, commencing in late 1935. Many of those were taken in Hale County, Alabama. There are numerous pictures of the buildings there, but the more memorable ones are of the people, almost always looking straight at the camera. I’ve looked at the pictures of those sharecroppers many times, and have found two aspects compelling: the straight-forward gaze at the viewer, and the bare feet of adults.

Numerous introductions to works of art or photography can be easily skipped, but in the case of John Szarkowski’s introduction to this work, I would urge that every word be read. Szarkowski describes Evans as a “conventional, if well-groomed, bohemian.” As such, he went to Paris during the ‘20’s, and returned with ideas that would challenge the two great acknowledged photographers of the era: Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. He was given a polite interview with Stieglitz, and modest encouragement.

The one steady job in his youth, with a secure income, was the brief period that he worked for the New Deal agency, the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Roy Stryker was both a photographer and manager, and headed the FSA. In addition to Evans, he recruited some of the best talent of the period, including Dorothea Lange and Ben Shahn. As Szarkowski explains, Stryker’s objective was in large measure political: explain the rural poor to the urban poor and thus preserve the tenuous coalition which had brought the New Deal to power.
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It is shocking to see how the reviews team is seriously misleading customers . Most, if not all reviews that were posted here are not about the book "Walker Evans - Photographs", which is shown in the photograph.

This book , published by the MoMA in 1971, is one of the best Walker Evans books in the market.

The reproductions, printed from the original negatives much before the awful "scan era", are of high quality. The book has an introduction about John Szarkowski. It is one of the best texts about a photographer and photography in general that i've ever read.

The book is about 25 x 25 cm or 10 x 10 inches. It has 106 illustrations and they occupy, in general, most of the page. Photos are not small, as reviews wrongly posted here (by Amazon, not by reviewers) would led you to think.

The ISBN of the book from MoMA is 0870703129
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Whether you like the era of the 1930's or not, this book will give you a feel for the time and the places traveled by photographer Walker Evans. The photographs are superb technically, but it is the subjects that will remain in your memory long after you close the book. Evans's subjects are captured with dignity, and although you might be inclined to feel sorry for them, you are inevitably touched by the strength of these people. The book is a good introduction to Walker Evans and his feel for the human condition. His photographs remind me alot of Dorothea Lange's.
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This is a good overview of Evans' photography, especially his early work. Evans was really the father of modernism and straightforward photography in the USA. If you are not familiar with his contributions, this little book is a good way to begin your studies.
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The soul of America captured in perfect pictures of the era when the the inner character of this nation was formed !
THIS is a genuine reality show!
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Interesting study on this photographer's style. The book presents a good cross section of Walker Evans' photographs and they are nicely presented in this small format (5x7) book. Great book to add to a small collection of photographer's work!
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great book
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