Depth of Field.

Photographs by Walker Evans. Text by Thomas Struth. Editor by Heinz Liesbrock and John Hill.
Steidl, Gottingen, Germany, 2015. In English. 380 pp., 10x10ΒΌ".

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Walker Evans was a definitive American documentary photographer of the 20th century. Depth of Field, which accompanies an exhibition traveling to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and to Vancouver Art Gallery, traces the complex development of Evans' oeuvre from 1930 to the 1970s. The book features some lesser-known series such as Victorian Architecture (1931), The Crime of Cuba (1933) and Ante Bellum Architecture (1935), all of which were decisive for Evans' iconic work on the Great Depression that culminated in the publication of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men with James Agee in 1941.

Depth of Field also draws into context Evans' written contributions for Fortune magazine (starting in 1945), his color photographs, as well as his Polaroids from the 1970s. This comprehensive book consolidates a number of overlooked images and perspectives, and thus surpasses previous presentations of Evans' photography.

Walker Evans was born in 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri, and began photographing in the late 1920s. Within a decade he had produced some of the most significant photographs of the 20th century, exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and published two landmark books, American Photographs (1938) and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men with James Agee (1941). He wrote art and film reviews for Time (1943-45), was employed by Fortune between 1945 and 1965, and taught at Yale thereafter. Evans died in 1975.

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