Recalling Walker Evans' Legacy in Vernacular Photography

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When American photographer Walker Evans began to photograph the Great Depression years of the 30's, he captured them with uttermost grit -- no more, no less. He remains one of the most influential and important photographers in America, having helped shape the image of American culture of the 20th century.

Self-Portrait in Automated Photobooth, années 1930 Épreuve gélatino-argentique, 18,3 x 3,8 cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dist-RMN-GP/Image of the MMA
Truck and Sign, 1928-193, Épreuve gélatino-argentique, 16,5 x 22,2 cm Collection particulière, San Francisco © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © Fernando Maquieira, Cromotex; License Photo Studio, New York, 1934, Épreuve gélatino-argentique, 27,9 x 21,6 cm (image : 18,3 x 14,4 cm) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Penny Picture Display, Savannah, 1936 Épreuve gélatino-argentique 21,9 x 17,6 cm, The Museum of Modern Art, New York Gift of Willard Van Dyke © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © 2016. Digital Image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala, Florence

Evans is renowned for his amazing scrutiny for detail. He would photograph street signs and capture typography of logos such as Coca-Cola signs; take photographs across the street of passersby and shopkeepers doing their daily grind; he'd take images of roadside businesses, window displays and silhouettes of cars and people.

Anything that makes the American society of what it exactly is, if one would put it. A little bit of everything, he would photograph -- from portraits, architectural structures, things, happenings -- all of which would make him America's great vernacular photographer.

See Evans' grand oeuvre in the upcoming event Walker Evans at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, on April 26.

Stamped Tin Relic 1929 Épreuve gélatino-argentique 23,3 x 28 cm Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris Achat en 1996 © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © Centre Pompidou / Dist.RMN-GP; Coney Island Beac vers 1929 Épreuve gélatino-argentique 22,5 x 31 cm The J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Los Angeles © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Joe’s Auto Graveyard 1936 Épreuve gélatino-argentique 11,43 x 18,7 cm Collection particulière, San Francisco © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © Ian Reeves; Resort Photographer at Work 1941 Épreuve gélatino-argentique, tirage tardif 15,9 x 22,4 cm The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Houses and Billboards in Atlanta 1936 Épreuve gélatino-argentique 16,5 x 23,2 cm The Museum of Modern Art, New York © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © 2016. Digital Image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala, Florence
Shoeshine Stand Detail in Southern Town, 1936 Épreuve gélatino-argentique 14,5 x 17cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Anonymous Gift © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dist-RMN-GP/Image of the MMA; New York City Street Corner 1929 Épreuve gélatino-argentique 18,4 x 12,7 cm The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The show will run through August 14.


Images are from the press kit.

written by lomographymagazine on 2017-04-13 #news #walker-evans #documentary-photography #photography-history #vernacular-photography

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2 Comments

  1. akula
    akula ·

    What is the new digital "vernacular"? What is the lomographic vernacular? Pointing the camera at my feet, a tree, a cat, flowers, where is the edge?

  2. akula
    akula ·

    What is the new digital "vernacular"? What is the lomographic vernacular? Pointing the camera at my feet, a tree, a cat, flowers, where is the edge?

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