Evans, Walker,1903–75, American photographer, b. St. Louis. Evans began his photographic career in 1928. His studies of Victorian architecture and his photographs of the rural South during the Great Depression, made for the Farm Security Administration, are among his best-known works. Many of Evans's photographs of tenant farmers appeared in the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941, with text by James AgeeAgee, James
, 1909–55, American writer, b. Knoxville, Tenn., grad. Harvard, 1932. He soon joined the literary and journalistic life of New York City, becoming (1932) a writer for Fortune magazine, a book reviewer and movie critic for Time
..... Click the link for more information. ). Evans's other books include American Photographs (1938) and Message from the Interior (1966). His work is characterized by a spare precision that emphasizes the dignity of his subjects.
See biographies by B. Rathbone (1995) and J. R. Mellow (1999); Walker Evans (Mus. of Modern Art, 1971); Walker Evans and Unclassified: A Walker Evans Anthology (both: Metropolitan Mus. of Art, 2000).
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Evans, Walker(1903–75) photographer; born in St. Louis, Mo. Originally an architectural photographer, he took pictures of rural poverty for the Farm Security Administration (1935–40). In 1941, his starkly detailed pictures of Appalachian poor families appeared in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. An editor for Fortune magazine (1945–65), he photographed industrial landscapes. He was a professor of graphic arts at Yale University from 1964 to 1974.
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