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Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975)
LOT ID: 66805
Joe's Auto Graveyard near Bethlehem, PA, 1936

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
8 х 10 in. (20.32 x 25.4 cm.)
Signed, dated and editioned on recto.
Print/Casting Year 1971
Edition of 100
Lot description
Walker Evans, Joe's Auto Graveyard near Bethlehem, PA, 1936. Gelatin silver print, mounted, image size is 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm); sheet size is 18 x 14.75 inches (45.7 x 37.5 cm). Portfolio edition of 100, print IV. Signed, dated and editioned.

From the Ives-Sillman Portfolio, printed under Walker Evans' supervision in 1971.

b. 1903 St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1975 New Haven, Connecticut

"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. []
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