Walker Evans

25.08.2011 in12:55 in Documentary, People -->


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Walker Evans, (born Nov. 3, 1903, St. Louis, Mo., US-died April 10, 1975, New Haven, Conn.), American photographer whose influence on the evolution of ambitious photography during the second half of the 20thcentury was perhaps greater than that of any other figure. He rejected the prevailing highly aestheticized view of artistic photography, of which Alfred Stieglitz was the most visible proponent, and constructed instead an artistic strategy based on the poetic resonance of common but exemplary facts, clearly described. His most characteristic pictures show quotidian American life during the second quarter of the century, especially through the description of its vernacular architecture, its outdoor advertising, the beginnings of its automobile culture, and its domestic interiors.