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Walker Evans

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Walker Evans (1903–1975) is best known as one of the leading documentary photographers of the Depression Era, and for his photographs of Alabama sharecroppers in James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. His FSA photographs have become icons in the American consciousness, and are perhaps the most influential body of photographic work in this century.But Evans was not the ...more
Hardcover, 656 pages
Published May 20th 1999 by Basic Books (first published 1999)
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Davy
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a phenomenal biography -- readable, insightful, touching without being too subjective. Which is important, because let's be honest: Walker Evans doesn't sound like the most likable dude ever. But he took great pictures, and he invented an entire world of photography that we're still taking advantage of and trying to figure out. Mellow was incredible writer and researcher, and the worst thing about this book -- and it's a doozy -- is that he didn't live to finish it. What we get is Walker ...more
Stephanie Griffin
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Joshua
Dec 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Christine
A phenomenal photographer but the book was slow at times.
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