Judith Keller, "Walker Evans: The Getty Museum Collection"

Judith Keller, "Walker Evans: The Getty Museum Collection"

Judith Keller, "Walker Evans: The Getty Museum Collection"
Publisher: J. Paul Getty | 1995 | ISBN: 0892363177 | English | PDF | 416 pages | 258,2 Mb

Walker Evans is widely recognized as one of the greatest American photographers of the twentieth century, and the J. Paul Getty Museum owns one of the most comprehensive collections of his work, including more of his vintage prints than any other museum in the world. This lavishly illustrated volume brings together for the first time all of the Museum's Walker Evans holdings. ...

Walker Evans is widely recognized as one of the greatest American photographers of the twentieth century, and the J. Paul Getty Museum owns one of the most comprehensive collections of his work, including more of his vintage prints than any other museum in the world. This lavishly illustrated volume brings together for the first time all of the Museum's Walker Evans holdings.

Included here are familiar images-such as Evans's photographs of tenant farmers and their families, made in the 1930s and later published in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men-and images that are much less familiar-such as the photographs Evans made in the 1940s of the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers circus, or his very late Polaroids, made in the 1970s. In addition, many previously unpublished Evans photographs, and variant croppings of classic images, appear here for the first time.

Author Judith Keller has written a lively, informative text that places these photographs in the larger context of Evans's life and career and the culture-especially the popular culture-of the time. In so doing, she has produced an indispensible volume for anyone interested in the history of photography or American culture in the twentieth century.

Also included is the most comprehensive bibliography on Walker Evans published to date.

Table of contents


Foreword
John Walsh
Preface and Acknowledgments
Judith Keller
Notes to the Reader Stamps and Labels List of Abbreviations
Walker Evans: A Chronology
1926-1934
Circa 1930: New York and New England
Cuba
1935-1938
African Negro Art
American Photographs: Evans in Middletown
1938-1941
The Making of Many Are Called
The Wheaton College Commission
On the West Coast of Florida
1941-1955
At Fortune
Faulkner Country
1958-1974
The Polaroids and Other Work
Appendixes
A. Walker Evans Ephemera in the Getty Collection
B. American Photographs and the Getty Collection
C. Selected One-Person and Group Exhibitions
A Selected Walker Evans Bibliography
Index



Reviews


"Everything ... a scholar or connoisseur would want to learn can be found here." -New York Times Book Review

"Every library with collections on the history of photography or contemporary photography should acquire this book; it cannot be recommended too highly." -Library Journal

"Walker Evans (1903-75), whose career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the early 1970s, was arguably the most influential 20th-century American photographer. He was accomplished technically as well-he used 21 different cameras and continued printing his own work until late in his career. This catalog of the Getty's collection of Evans's work is the most complete, most scholarly, and most useful to date, reproducing nearly 1200 images (though most are shown here in small formats, making it difficult to enjoy the high-quality reproductions). Keller, the associate curator of photographs at the Getty, spent years compiling information about Evans's life and oeuvre, working from dozens of previously published studies. She has documented, in the most exacting way, provenance, alternate croppings, signature stamps, previous publication of the images, and other identifying details about every Evans photograph in the Getty's collection, which is made up of images acquired from several major collectors, including George Rinhart, who acquired the contents of Evans's studio at the time of his death. Prints are arranged chronologically in ten chapters, each beginning with an insightful essay that examines the context and influences of the period. Photographs are reproduced from dozens of projects: from his most famous portraits of Depression-era farm families published in his collaboration with James Agee for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men to photo essays for Fortune magazine. Every library with collections on the history of photography or contemporary photography should acquire this book; it cannot be recommended too highly."
-Kathleen Collins, New York Transit Museum Archives, Brooklyn



About the Author


Judith Keller is Associate Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.


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