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Walker Evans

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The Depression Era photographs of Walker Evans (1903-1975) remain some of the most indelible and iconic images in the American consciousness. James R. Mellow's landmark biography of Evans-the first to make use of all his diaries, letters, work logs, and contact sheets-shows that Evans was not the social propagandist that many presume, but rather a fastidious observer, reco ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published October 11th 2001 by Basic Books (first published 1999)
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Stephanie Griffin
WALKER EVANS, written by James R. Mellow, is the biography of the brilliant American photographer who captured the country in black and white stills, starting in the 1920s.
Mellow’s comprehensive 654 pages traces Evans’ life from birth in 1903 through 1955, where Mellow’s text abruptly ends. This is due to the untimely death of the author. A year-by-year summary of Evans’ life from 1957-1975 taken from Mellow’s notes follows, along with a list of footnotes, a ten-page list of credits for the incl
This is a 2/3 finished biography (Mellow died before he finished it) of one of my favorite photographers--Walker Evans. While I enjoyed it, I was hoping for way more discussion of Evans philosophy on photography or critical analysis of his style/work. There's lots of details on where and when Evans took photos but less of the technical aspects I was hoping for. I'll have to search out other Evans books for that as this was more of a straight up biography. Lots of photos included throughout the t ...more
Walker Evans was a phenomenal photographer. He deserves a better biographer.
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