b. November 3, 1903
d. April 10, 1975
Walker Evans was an important
contributor to the development of American documentary photography in the 1930s.
His precisely detailed, frontal depictions of people and artifacts of American
life have influenced each succeeding generation of photographers.
During his lifetime Evans was the recipient of many awards. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1940 and received an honorary degree from Williams College in 1968. His photographs were exhibited all over the world, including several major shows at the Museum of Modern Art.
Walker Evans at the age of 68 had "conspicuous tastes in pornography and marijuana," according to a review by Henry Allen of the Walker Evans exhibit at the New York Metropolitan Museum and a book, Unclassified: A Walker Evans Anthology by Jeff Rosenheim and Douglas Eklund. Allen's review was published in the New York Review of Books, March 23, 2000, p. 10.
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