Many Are Called. Photographs by Walker Evans with an Introduction by James Agee. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1966. 178 pp. First printing. Octavo (9 x 7.5 in./22.5 x 19 cm.). Hardbound in printed dust jacket. Numerous half-tone reproductions. Original erratum slip bound-in.
See a slide show and listen to NPR's 2004 story about Evans' Many Are Called
Perhaps the key late Walker Evans monograph, Many Are Called contains his quietly powerful subway photographs. These portraits of unknowing riders capture the particular experience of riding the New York subway during the 1930s and 40s. Yet they speak more generally to the condition of urban alienation as profoundly as any works of art created since the dawn of Modernity. As Parr and Badger write in The Photobook: A History, vol. I, Evans' shows the way his subjects "simply withdraw into themselves during the interlude of travel between work and home. [They] may be lost souls, but they are also lost in thought."
About Fine; slight ripple to cloth, rear board; trace of foxing, front pastedown; hand-written name front free-endpaper; Near Fine dust jacket; moderate edge wear with a few spots of chipping at 'tips'.