Tuggener was a role model for the younger artist, first mentioned to him by Frank's boss and mentor, Zurich commercial photographer Michael Wolgensinger — who felt that Frank would never fit the commercial system. He took his family along with him for part of his series of road trips over the next two years, during which time he took 28, shots. Only 83 of those were finally selected by him for publication in The Americans.
Early life[ edit ] He was born in St. Walker was raised in an affluent environment; he spent his youth in ToledoChicagoand New York City.
He studied French literature for a year at Williams Collegespending much of his time in the school's library, before dropping out. After spending a year in Paris inhe returned to the United States to join the edgy literary and art crowd in New York City.
He was a clerk for a stockbroker firm in Wall street from to Inhe made a photo series of Victorian houses in the Boston vicinity sponsored by Lincoln Kirstein. There Evans drank nightly with Ernest Hemingwaywho loaned him money to extend his two-week stay an additional week.
His photographs documented street life, the presence of police, beggars and dockworkers in rags, and other waterfront scenes. He also helped Hemingway acquire photos from newspaper archives that documented some of the political violence Hemingway described in To Have and Have Not Fearing that his photographs might be deemed critical of the government and confiscated by Cuban authorities, he left 46 prints with Hemingway.
He had no difficulties when returning to the United States, and 31 of his photos appeared in Beals' book. The cache of prints left with Hemingway was discovered in Havana in and exhibited at an exhibition in Key West.
In the summer ofwhile on leave from the FSA, he and writer James Agee were sent by Fortune magazine on assignment to Hale County, Alabamafor a story the magazine subsequently opted not to run.
InEvans's photographs and Agee's text detailing the duo's stay with three white tenant families in southern Alabama during the Great Depression were published as the groundbreaking book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Its detailed account of three farming families paints a deeply moving portrait of rural poverty.
The critic Janet Malcolm notes that as in the earlier Beals' book there was a contradiction between a kind of anguished dissonance in Agee's prose and the quiet, magisterial beauty of Evans's photographs of sharecroppers. Evans's photographs of the families made them icons of Depression-Era misery and poverty.
In SeptemberFortune revisited Hale County and the descendants of the three families for its 75th anniversary issue. That year, an exhibition, Walker Evans: This was the first exhibition in the museum devoted to the work of a single photographer.
The catalogue included an accompanying essay by Lincoln Kirstein, whom Evans had befriended in his early days in New York. InEvans also took his first photographs in the New York subway with a camera hidden in his coat.
These would be collected in book form in under the title Many are Called. In andEvans worked with and mentored Helen Levitt.
Evans, like such other photographers as Henri Cartier-Bressonrarely spent time in the darkroom making prints from his own negatives. He only very loosely supervised the making of prints of most of his photographs, sometimes only attaching handwritten notes to negatives with instructions on some aspect of the printing procedure.
Later work[ edit ] Evans was a passionate reader and writer, and in became a staff writer at Time magazine. Shortly afterward he became an editor at Fortune magazine through That year, he became a professor of photography on the faculty for Graphic Design at the Yale University School of Art.
The first definitive retrospective of his photographs, which "individually evoke an incontrovertible sense of specific places, and collectively a sense of America," according to a press release, was on view at New York's Museum of Modern Art in early Lincoln Kirstein: Lincoln Kirstein, American dance authority, impresario, writer, and businessman who collaborated with George Balanchine to found and direct the various ballet companies that eventually became the world-renowned New York City Ballet (directed by Kirstein from to ).
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