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Artist of the moment….photographer Walker Evans…

Walker Evans was a world famous photographer that captured the era of Great Depression and farm life of America. Walker Evans was born in the year 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri. His family was of the upper class. For his work on the effects of the Great Depression on American life and society he was working for the Farm Security Administration. This is considered easily to be his most renown series.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $150,000.

Much as the painting by Grant Wood is said to epitomize American farm life, Walker’s work did a great job of sharing the emotional feelings of the Great Depression. Check out this fine example of his work:


In this clip we explore his recurring theme of the Great Depression in further detail. At the end of the clip he compares hunting to the art of photography.

When Walker Evans began college at Williams college in Williamstown, Massachusetts  he had entertained the idea of becoming a writer. Evans made some great friends that became well respected writers including John Cheever. Evans dropped out of college after one year and headed for Paris, France.

Walker Evans was outstanding at taking portraits. For me its as if I can smell the dirt or the very expensive fragrance worn by the sitter!

In France he chased his dream of becoming a writer even further but gave it up and decided to focus on photography.

Two time winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Walker Evans passed away in 1975 at the age of 72.

On a side note when I first saw the works of Walker Evans I immediately thought of the hillbilly millionaire Jed Clampett. In the portraits section clip I thought Granny right away!