The Genius of Photography: Fixing the Shadows

Walker Evans
(1903-1975) is one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth Century. His crystal clear and elegant style of photography has inspired many renowned photographer’s in his footsteps, from Helen Levitt to Lee Friedlander. Evans’ principal subject was the vernacular as he recorded the American scene with the nuance of a poet.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1903 Evans’ began to photograph in the 1920’s whilst on a European trip. He published his first image in 1930 and contributed to many publications afterwards.

Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts. – Walker Evans


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