Through an Unsentimental Lens – Walker Evans: American Photographs (75th Anniversary Edition)

If you were to call to mind an image of the Dust Bowl or a visual of the Great Depression era, it is likely that your mind’s eye will summon a Walter Evan’s photograph. His work, “more than any other artist… invented the images of an essential America that we have long accepted as fact.” The archetypal photos were predominately taken while Evans was on photographic campaigns with the Farm Security Administration during the 1930s. Often portraits, the subjects’ ache seeps—mournfully weeps—from their hard worn, weathered faces. Those faces—extraordinarily American—as lean, lined and veined as the distressed clapboards hanging, bare-boned, behind them. The Museum of Modern Art is proud to reissue the 75th Anniversary Edition of Walker Evans: American Photographs. It is a striking collection of the artist’s work, originally published by the institution in 1938 as a companion piece to Evans’ MoMA exhibition. “It has been out of print for long periods… and subsequent editions—two of which altered the design and typography of the book in small but significant ways—are often unavailable outside libraries and rare-book stores. This seventy-fifth-anniversary edition re-creates the original as closely as possible with the aid of new digital printing technology, making the landmark publication available for a new generation.”  The collection is a remarkable and necessary must.
Walker Evans: American Photographs (Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Edition) is available now through the Museum of Modern Art.

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