Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye

Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye

Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye

Walker Evans (1903-1975) ranks with Stieglitz and others as one of America's greatest photographers. With more than 300 superbly reproduced pictures, including some little known color images, this is the first complete retrospective of the photographer's work to appear in print. A unique historical view of American life in the mid-20th century.

From Publishers Weekly
Evans (1903-1973), an immortal of the art-photography establishment he eschewed, had a distinct antipathy toward certain eminent colleagues--Stieglitz, Steichen, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams--in whose work he found undesirable dramatization. His own materials were everyday life and vernacular art and architecture in which he discerned aesthetic possibilities "when intelligent observation backed up by a culture was applied to them," notes French art historian Mora. A fine line positions Evans's fame, for, as seen in this retrospective volume, his "hungry eye" and visual judgment, combined with an aversion to artistic grandiosity, produced images that were innovative and arresting in the 1930s but might seem undistinguished today to the untutored eye. Included among the 300 photographs reproduced here are the 100-picture 1938 exhibition at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, "American Photographs," and selections from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men...

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