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Walker Evans

183 pages
Full colour.

This publication is the final series of photographs taken by American artist Walker Evans, executed between September 1973 and November 1974. With the Polaroid, Evans returned to several of his lifelong themes, including vernacular architecture, domestic interiors, portraiture, and roadside signage. Encouraged by an unlimited supply of film courtesy of the manufacturer, Evans made the most of his final year of work. He promptly accepted visiting lectureships at the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, at Oberlin College, in Ohio, and at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, and made portraits of students and faculty members (as he had at Yale). Wherever he taught, Evans made daily forays into the streets, returning to the classroom to share with his often bewildered students Polaroids of crushed soda cans, wig shop windows, gingerbread trim, and plastic fruit displays.

Walker Evans did not live to see the publication of these, his last photographs. But we do know that he had an artist's book in mind - an alphabet book based on individual letters, edited from his Polaroids of roadside signs. This volume instead honours the artist's concept with singular photographs adorning each page, forming a beautiful collection of work.


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