DAILY FUEL: Walker Evans -America Snap-shot

Born in St. Louis on this date in 1903, WALKER EVANS took up photography in 1928, and published three early photos in “The Bridge”, a volume of poetry by Hart Crane. After traveling in and photographing Cuba in 1933, he worked on a campaign in Pennsylvania and West Virginia that led to work with the New Deal’s Resettlement Administration. Beginning in 1935, Evans photographed the rural poor across the American South for the RA, creating a documentary body of work of the Depression that, in 1938, led to the first photographic exhibit held at the Museum of Modern Art, “Walker Evans: American Photographs”, in 1938. Walker Evans has work in the permanent collections of major museums worldwide, and has received retrospectives at the Metropolitan Museum and the George Eastman Museum.

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