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Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975)
LOT ID: 70308
Dock Workers, Havana, 1932

Silver Print, gelatin silver print mounted on Fabriano Classico paper
11.63 х 9.13 in. (29.54 x 23.19 cm.)
Signed, and numbered in pencil by the artist on mount recto.
Edition of 75
Lot description
Paper size is 19.75 x 14.75 inches (50.2 x 37.5 cm). Printed under the supervision the artist in the early 1970s.

From the Portfolio: Walker Evans, Fifteen photographs edited by Lee Friedlander. Published by The Double Elephant Press Ltd. 1974.

"Leaving aside the mysteries and the inequities of human talent, brains, taste, and reputations, the matter of art in photography may come down to this: it is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt."
-- Walker Evans
Walker Evans began to photograph in the late 1920s, making snapshots during a European trip. Upon his return to New York, he published his first images in 1930. During the Great Depression, Evans began to photograph for the Resettlement Administration, later known as the Farm Security Administration (FSA), documenting workers and architecture in the Southeastern states. In 1936 he traveled with the writer James Agee to illustrate an article on tenant farm families for Fortune magazine; the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men came out of this collaboration.
Throughout his career Evans contributed photographs to numerous publications, including three devoted solely to his work. In 1965 he left Fortune, where he had been a staff photographer for twenty years, to become a professor of photography and graphic design at Yale University. He remained in the position until 1974, a year before his death. [getty.edu]

Dock Workers, Havana by Walker Evans
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