(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.