Photographer // Walker Evans Decade by decade

By Jorre Both 

Pabst Blue Ribbon Sign, Chicago, Illinois, 1946 © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Too often a museum calls the photographer they’re exhibiting ‘one of the most important figures in photographic history’; it makes one wonder how many of them there could possibly be. In the case of Walker Evans (1903-1975), however, the statement is more than justified. The influence Evans has had on the medium, particularly in the field of documentary, is undeniable. When confronted with an overview of his work, like the one currently presented in the Huis Marseille photography museum in Amsterdam, it’s not hard to recognise the beauty and strength of his images.


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