Goodreads Voice: Walker Evans: American Photographs

By Goodreads Staff | Published Aug 22, 2012 02:07PM

Best known for his stark documentation of the Great Depression, photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) is saluted in the Museum of Modern Art's new 75th anniversary edition of Walker Evans: American Photographs. This collection has been largely out of print since 1938, the year Evans's work was displayed as the first single-photographer exhibit in the history of the MoMA. Enjoy the gallery.

Walker Evans > Photos > Girl in Fulton Street, New York, 1929

  • Girl in Fulton Street, New York, 1929
  • Parked Car, Small Town Main Street, 1932
  • Torn Movie Poster, 1930
  • Roadside Stand near Birmingham, 1936
  • Sidewalk and Shopfront, New Orleans, 1935
  • Penny Picture Display, Savannah, Georgia, 1936
  • Birmingham Boarding House, 1936
  • Birmingham Steel Mill and Workers' Houses, 1936


Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975)
Gelatin silver print
7 1/2 x 4 5/8" (19.1 x 11.7 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the photographer



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message 1: by Mom (new)

Mom She looks like Matt Damon in drag. Never thought he'd make a pretty girl.


message 2: by SheLove2Read (new)

SheLove2Read I thought the same thing!


message 3: by Mary (new)

Mary Paquette Looks like Sarah Bernhart


message 4: by Knitme23 (new)

Knitme23 Amazing to have such an unstudied face from the time: not a formal portrait, but someone that one would encounter if one were in NYC in 1929. Helps to give me a sense of what "everyday" people were like at the time--though with her fashionable getup, I'm sure she'd resent being referred to as "everyday"!


message 5: by Elke (new)

Elke Muller Mary wrote: "Looks like Sarah Bernhart"

Yes! Sarah Bernhardt! Totally.


message 6: by Marsia (new)

Marsia I wonder if you don't mean Sandra Bernhard, the still living comedienne-actress? Sarah Bernhardt, the actress known as "The Divine Sarah," died in 1923 at age 78 (according to Wikipedia).


message 7: by Elke (new)

Elke Muller Oh yes, Marsia, I do mean the comedienne-actress! Thank you for clearing that up.


message 8: by Dave (new)

Dave Hanneke The young lady would not believe that 83 years from that day, modern Americans would be looking at her, discussing her, and comparing her appearance to current celebrities over something called the internet with computers. I hope time is fluid, a river and that she can come here, we can go there, or just all meet in a "future" somewhere.


message 9: by Mary (new)

Mary Paquette Dave, I understand where your coming from. When you mention Isadora Duncan, people only remember how she died( long scarf+ car wheel= death), not that she was beautiful and talented Dancer!


message 10: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Sullivan You've defined great photographic art, Dave. We are going there, via this profound photo and the intelligent eyes of Walker Evans. So at least half your wish has come true.


message 11: by Anna (new)

Anna "Some like It Hot."


message 12: by Charlene (new)

Charlene Dietz I like Dave's thought about time being fluid. Her expression evokes all sorts of questions--a basis for some terrific unwritten story, I think.


message 13: by J.a.graham (new)

J.a.graham I want to know who she's aiming that look at and why. That's a killer glare!


message 14: by G (new)

G Hodges Notice all the men are wearing almost identical hats, and in the background, behind the men is a woman wearing almost the same outfit as the woman who is the center of the photograph. I love Walker Evans. Always something to look at. Always something to see.


message 15: by Dan (new)

Dan Tony Curtis


message 16: by Dan (new)

Dan But the style of photography makes me think of Gary Winogrand


message 17: by J.a.graham (last edited Sep 11, 2012 11:43AM) (new)

J.a.graham Dan wrote: "But the style of photography makes me think of Gary Winogrand"

This photograph was taken when Garry Winogrand was about a year old. It should really be that Garry Winogrand reminds you of Walker Evans, since Evans was one of the big influences on Winogrand's style.


message 18: by Rolly (new)

Rolly Doucet Who ever she is, she's hot


message 19: by Diane (new)

Diane I like how she's surrounded by men... similar in appearance. It wouldn't have the same impact visually if it were all women. The men frame her nicely.


message 20: by G (new)

G Hodges Dan wrote: "Tony Curtis"

Wouldn't it be interesting to know if Billy Wilder saw this photo when he was creating the character of Josephine?


message 21: by Itamar (new)

Itamar Martinez great master of photorealism,true Amewrican Master.itamar RCA


message 22: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Brown Sandra Bernhard's attitude for sure. Powerful photo.


message 23: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Sherri of A Thousand Books wrote: "I thought the same thing!"

I agree,lol. She does look like Sarah Bernhard.Gotta love her.


message 24: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Deborah wrote: "Sherri of A Thousand Books wrote: "I thought the same thing!"

I agree,lol. She does look like Sarah Bernhard.Gotta love her."


Sherri of A Thousand Books wrote: "I thought the same thing!"


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