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Walker Evans: American Photographs

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More than any other artist, Walker Evans invented the images of essential America that we have long since accepted as fact, and his work has influenced not only modern photography but also literature, film and visual arts in other mediums. The original edition of American Photographs was a carefully prepared letterpress production, published by The Museum of Modern Art in ...more
Hardcover, 75th Anniversary Edition, 208 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by The Museum of Modern Art (first published 1938)
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Feb 27, 2011 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Grandaddy of all American Photo books. Beautiful, bleak, mysterious, and one can smell the depression right off the pages. Great.
Jan 25, 2015 Ruby rated it it was amazing
A wonderful photography book and now must go to the Met the next time I am in town.
Aug 31, 2015 Hermes rated it liked it
The first fifty pages were just what I would expect, beautifully produced photos, one photo per two-page spread. Interesting subjects mainly of people which is just what I like. The last thirty-eight pages were mainly of buildings some of which I liked where they were broader views but rather to many close ups of houses.
The core of the book, the photographs, are well worth having. Walker Evans at his best.
If you like these sorts of books this is one you need to have in your bookcase.

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Dec 04, 2014 Zioluc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fotografia
Due serie di immagini collegate da un filo che è un piacere cercare di inseguire. Con eleganza, forza estetica e acume sociale, 20 anni prima di The Americans di Robert Frank questo libro rivoluzionario fonda le basi della fotografia come linguaggio artistico moderno, coerente, potente e innovativo. Quasi inedita per allora anche la disposizione di una sola foto a tutta pagina con la pagina a fronte bianca, e questa edizione è la riproduzione fedelissima dell'originale.
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Dec 18, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing
The first thing to note about this book is that it is separated into two parts. The first part is about American people, the second about American buildings. I suspect that there isn’t too much difference between these two sections. They are just different ways of exploring the same subject and themes. However, I struggled a lot more with the second part. Reading pictures of buildings is difficult, the meanings and purpose of the pictures more elusive. Which is odd because we all see buildings e ...more
Tom Romig
Apr 07, 2014 Tom Romig rated it it was amazing
This is the 75th anniversary edition (2012) of the 1938 catalog that accompanied the Museum of Modern Art exhibition of photography by Walker Evans. While many of the technical aspects of photographic reproduction and of printing processes have evolved, this new edition faithfully follows the first edition, including the fine essay by Lincoln Kirstein, lifelong friend and enthusiastic patron of Evans. New to this edition are a Note on the history of the various editions and technical progress an ...more
John Rinker
Jul 20, 2015 John Rinker rated it it was amazing
I have spent countless hours in these photographs, and I will spend countless more.
Nov 18, 2014 Maura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-inspiration
A favorite - this edition is a great compendium of Walker's wonderful images.
Colette Walden
Nov 29, 2013 Colette Walden rated it it was amazing
Love this. Features about 80 black-and-white photographs from the 1930's. Several are of people; almost all are candid. Many of the other photos are of homes or businesses.

Debuted in 1938. Republished by the Museum of Modern Art in 2012.

Here are captions from a few of the photos.

A Bench in the Bronx on Sunday, 1933
42nd St., 1929
Wooden Gothic House, Massachusetts, 1930
Sidewalk in Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1936
Garage in Southern City Outskirts, 1936
Arkansas Flood Refugee, 1937

Borrowed via intra-libr
Kevin Summers
Sep 20, 2015 Kevin Summers rated it really liked it
Lincoln Kirstein's essay baffled me.
Oct 08, 2014 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-15-season
Beautiful prints, horrible essays.
Bob Peru
Feb 28, 2014 Bob Peru rated it it was amazing
there's nothing to say.
Aug 23, 2014 Davy rated it it was amazing
It's easy to see why this body of work was so influential but hard to believe someone had this kind of photographic vision as early as the mid-30s -- people are still creating images just like this. But somebody had to do it first, I suppose. Profoundly moving, yet impassive. The cliche "a picture is worth a thousand words" is a grotesque understatement when applied here. A thousand books, maybe.
Jan 26, 2013 TPB, rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, photography
Brilliant; one of the most compelling sets of American photographs. Good inspiration for black and white post-processing.
Mar 09, 2013 Tony rated it it was amazing
I often turn to study these photographs. Lincoln Kirstein's accompanying essay is a classic in its genre.
Nov 29, 2007 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ex-cat, photography
Like I said, he was a genius.
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Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans's work from the FSA period uses the large-format, 8x10-inch camera. He said that his goal as a photographer was to make pictures that are "literate, authoritative, transcendent".

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