Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975) was a renowned American photographer, who was well-known for working for the Farm Security Administration to document the devastating effects of the Great Depression. Walker Evans was born in St. Louis, MO, and his family was considered to be affluent. As a youth, Evans spent most of his time in Chicago, IL, New York, NY, and Toledo, OH. Evans attended Phillips Academy, in Andover, MA, and he graduated from the institution in 1992. He then attended Williams College, in Williamstown, MA, to study French literature, but he spent most of his time in the library and dropped out in 1926. Evans then went to Paris, France, and spent a year there before returning to the United States. In the United States, Evans soon befriended many of the individuals in the blooming literary crowd in New York City. Lincoln Kirstein (American, 1907–1996) and John Cheever (American, 1912–1982) are two of the artists he befriended. At this time, he was also working as a clerk in a stockbroking firm, a position he held from 1927 to 1929.

While in Paris, Evans wanted to become a writer, but he did not succeed. When he returned to the United States, Evans got a camera and decided to become a photographer. He received a few assignments from time to time and managed to support himself in Greenwich Village, NY, and this is where he met some of his friends.

For a time, Evans contemplated the opposing views of art of Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946) and Edward Steichen
Examples of Evans's work include Fish Market Near Birmingham, Alabama (1936) and "The Grand Man" Wall Mural. The artist received the Guggenheim Fellowship award twice; first in 1941 and again in 1959. Some of the places he exhibited in include The Museum of Modern Art, New York City (1933), The Art Institute of Chicago, (1948), and Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA. Evans is represented solely by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The artist was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 2000. Evans died in New Haven, CT.

Timeline

1903
Born: St. Louis, Missouri (November 3)
1922
Graduates from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Attends Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts for a year.
1941
Receives the Guggenheim Fellowship.
1959
Evans receives his second Guggenheim Fellowship award.
1968
Receives honorary degree from Williams College. Becomes Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Letters.
1973
Received Grant from Mark Rothko Foundation.
1975
Died: New Haven, Connecticut (April 10)

Exhibitions

2005
"Walker Evans: African Art," Gallery Luisotti. Santa Monica, California, November 13 - January 8, 2005. -solo
1966
Szarkowski, John, curator. "Walker Evans: Subway Photographs," The Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York, October 5-December 11, 1966. -solo
"Walker Evans," Robert Schoelkopf Gallery. New York, New York. December 16-January 7, 1967. -solo
1964
Edwards, Hugh, curator. "Walker Evans," The Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, November 13-January 10, 1965. -solo
1962
"Walker Evans: American Photographs," The Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York. June 8-August 14, 1962. -solo
1948
"Walker Evans Retrospective," The Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, November 14-January 4, 1948. -solo
1938
"Walker Evans: American Photographs," Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York, September 28-November 18, 1938. -solo
1935
"African Negro Art: A Corpus of Photographs by Walker Evans," The Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York. March 18-May 19, 1935. -solo
1933
"Walker Evans: Photographs of Nineteenth-Century Houses," The Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York, November 16-December 8, 1933. -solo