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Walker Evans: American Photographs: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Edition Hardcover – August 31, 2012
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[Walker Evans} made work that was once plainspoken and eloquent - images that still define something essential and true about America and Americans. (Vince Alletti The New Yorker)
Published on the occasion of a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, American Photographs fused Evans's avid learning from European books and journals about complex sequencing with his acute attention to bodies, faces, and places eclipsed by modern progress. No celebrities, no soaring skyscrapers -- in fact, nothing very new at all. This was a world persisting against the grain. The inscrutable photographs in suggestive, provocative order were the antithesis of the slick Life photo-stories Evans detested. (David Campany Aperture Magazine)
For those who have been waiting for years to own this classic photobook -- one of the very best and most influential photobooks ever published, in fact -- this is your chance. To mark the 75th anniversary of the original 1938 publication, the Museum of Modern Art has reissued American Photographs for the first time since 1988 (the 50th anniversary). While there were previous reissues, in 1962 and 1971, the book has often been out of print and hard to find, which has caused secondhand copies to soar. Not only is it a pleasure to see it back in print at an affordable price, but, according to the jacket copy, the editors and printers have used digital technology to "aid in emulating the precise cropping and finely tuned balance of the 1938 reproductions, capturing as never before the look and feel of the first edition." Certainly this book, with its iconic play grey dust jacket, elegant typography and blind-stamped black cloth binding, looks and feels timeless. (John Dorfman Art & Antiques)
"Walker Evans helped Americans discover themselves...a book populated by Depression-haunted souls." (The New York Times)
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"American Photographs" is one of the icons of modern photography. This is the 75th Anniversary edition of the book. I have not seen the previous editions but I find it hard to believe they could have reproduced the photographs as well as they are presented here. This book is highly recommended.