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Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975)
LOT ID: 78790
Main Street, Ossining New York ( Parked Car, Small Town Main Street), 1932

Silver Print
6.5 х 9.75 in. (16.51 x 24.76 cm.)
Signed, numbered in pencil on mount recto.
Edition 49/75
Lot description
Printed in 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 1920's, making snapshots during a European trip. Upon his return to New York in 1930, he published his first images. 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 United 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]
Main Street, Ossining New York ( Parked Car, Small Town Main Street) by Walker Evans
  • Main Street, Ossining New York ( Parked Car, Small Town Main Street) by Walker Evans
  • Main Street, Ossining New York ( Parked Car, Small Town Main Street) by Walker Evans
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