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Walker Evans

Walker Evans

One of the first photo documentarians of American life, Evans (1903–1975) captured the essence of a young America in the making. He captured scenes in urban and rural towns of roadsides, corner stores, advertisements and bedrooms, seeking to distill the essence of American life from the mundane and the ordinary. His crystal clear photographs are often arranged with a dynamic, graphic composition. Evans became best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration, a government program that documented the effects of the Great Depression. He has said that his goal as a photographer was to make pictures that are “literate, authoritative, transcendent.”