1936, printed later
Gelatin silver print
Image: 23.7 x 18.4 cm (9 5/16 x 7 1/4 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Wishing Well Fund 1973.120
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Walker Evans worked for the government’s Farm Security Administration in the late 1930s. He prioritized his artistic vision over the agency’s prescribed aims, which often sent photographers on assignments with specific scripts and subjects to photograph. Evans’s provocative images confront the viewer with the realities of life at the time, from the defiant face of Allie Mae Burroughs, wife of an impoverished sharecropper and mother of four, to the juxtaposition of a graveyard and steel mill in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. US Camera was among several popular magazines featuring work from documentary photographers. Its aim was to highlight photographers’ creative eye.
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