Walker Evans (1903–1975)

An American photographer and photojournalist, Evans was born in St Louis, Missouri, and attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, graduating in 1924. After college, he moved to New York City and worked as a freelance writer and photographer. His first published photographs appeared in the literary magazine, The Bookman, in 1926. Evans later worked at the New York City Public Library as a research assistant while continuing to freelance. His first major photographic project was with writer James Agee, an assignment for Fortune magazine to photograph the sharecroppers of Hale County, Alabama. This resulted in the 1941 book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which included both Agee's text and Evans's photographs. In 1938, Evans began working for the FSA, a government agency created to combat rural poverty, producing thousands of iconic photographs of poverty-stricken Americans. His photographs of the rural South were widely published and helped promote the New Deal programs of the 1930s and 1940s. In 1965, he was appointed professor of photography at the Yale University School of Art. He continued to teach and lecture until his death in 1975. Evans' photographs of the sharecroppers, and those of subway riders of New York City, are some of the most iconic images of the 20th century.









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