“Leaving aside the mysteries and the inequities of human talent, brains, taste, and reputations, the matter of art in photography may come down to this: it is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.” (Walker Evans)
Walker Evans is one of the great personalities in the history of 20th-century photography. His creative work has set standards for a kind of photography that has been adopted by art as the documentary style. He also referred to his work as “lyrical documentation,” which if nothing else demonstrates his predilection for literature, considering that he initially pursued a career as a writer. It was in about 1928 that he changed his professional plans and gave priority to photography.
James Crump, Chief Curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum, has developed a magnificent presentation from the unique private collection of Clark and Joan Worswick that sheds light on the whole of Walker Evans’ productive period and important phases of his work and gives a vibrant impression of his consistent interest in specific approaches.
“Decade by Decade” shifts attention to many of the photographer’s unknown motifs, including those produced in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s created in connection with Fortune magazine, for which Evans worked as Special Photographic Editor between 1945 and 1965. (+)
This monograph is devoted to Evans’s complete body of work, and it deliberately features many of the photographs that are only rarely seen, including the Polaroids he shot in the early seventies—his last images. The photographer’s consistently heightening influence in the seventies and his symbiotic relationship with legendary MoMA curator John Szarkowski comprise the core of this revisionist volume. (+)
Eric examined every printing of American Photographs and researched the technical processes used each time, including the 75th Anniversary edition recently published by MoMA.
The images above depict an insets of a picture from the book, illustrating how printing processes have differed and quality has varied from 1938 to 2012. Read the essay here.
(thanks to / via: bryanschutmaat)
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