(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. Evans was born in St. Louis, MO, to an affluent family. As a youth, Evans spent most of his time in Chicago, New York, and Toledo, OH. Evans attended Phillips Academy, in Andover, MA, and graduated 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 tried, unsuccessfully to become a writer. After a year, he returned to the United States, and purchased a camera. He received a few assignments from time to time, and managed to support himself in Greenwich Village, NY. At this time, he was also working as a clerk in a stockbroking firm, a position he held from 1927 to 1929.
For a time, Evans contemplated the opposing artistic views of Alfred Stieglitz
and Edward Steichen
. The former supported art for art’s sake, while the latter favored the outright commercialization of art, neither of which appealed to Evans. Evans was of the view that art was supposed to express stories and views beyond the artistic creativity of its creators and the literal representation some artists gave their work.
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 include The Museum of Modern Art (1933), the Art Institute of Chicago, (1948), and Gallery Luisotti in 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.