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Walker Evans at Work

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Through the evidence of trial and error in successive images and through Evans's own words this important book reveals how a major American artist actually worked. The 747 photographs document chronologically his choice of subject and his lifelong technical experimentation. Page by page, the reader experiences what Evans saw, what he recorded and how he altered what he rec ...more
Published March 12th 1984 by Thames & Hudson (first published 1982)
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Sep 09, 2010 abatage rated it really liked it
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Someone once told me that a portfolio or exhibition of work should run on the principle of 'less is more'. By limiting exposure to only your best works, the overall impression of your talent is raised - even a single piece that isn't up to snuff will distort your reception.

In the case of this book: forget that idea.

Evans did to America what Atget did to Paris (arguably with different degrees of success) and his collected works stand as testament to the extent that he went to in order to document
Nov 16, 2014 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When it comes to photography, quantity does not trump quality.
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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".

Many of his wo
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