Walker Evans

(1903 – 1975)

Walker Evans is an American photographers best know for his documentary series of the effect of great depression, for The Farm Security Administration. Much of Evans work was shot using a medium format 8x10inch camera. Evans had the ability to see the present as if it were already the past and to translate that knowledge and historically inflected vision into an enduring art.

Most of Evans’ early photographs reveal the influence of European modernism, specifically its formalism and emphasis on dynamic graphic structures. But he gradually moved away from this highly aestheticized style to develop his own evocative but more reticent notions of realism, of the spectator’s role, and of the poetic resonance of ordinary subjects. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004)

His work is outstandingly moving due to the life occurrences that were taking place during this period and the way he manages to stir up some form of emotion by looking at his photographs. They are raw and true, he’s captured a time in history that will or has forever left its mark of devastation and catastrophe.

 

 

Bibliography:

BIOGRAPHY. (2016) Walker Evans Biography. [Online] Available from: http://www.biography.com/people/walker-evans-9289854                                         [Accessed: 04 February 2016]

ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNIA. (2016) Walker Evans: American Photographer. [Online] Available from: http://www.britannica.com/biography/Walker-Evans                            [Accessed: 04 February 2016]

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART. (2004) Walker Evans. [Online] Available from: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/evan/hd_evan.htm                                                   [Accessed: 04 February 2016]

 

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