Jan 12, 2007

Window Display, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Window Display, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


Walker Evans

(American, 1903–1975)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 21.8 x 15.5 cm (8 9/16 x 6 1/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1985.48



Evans encountered this store display of household goods as he was photographing in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in November and December 1935 for the Farm Security Administration. The objects floating in space add a surreal component to this image. As ordinary as they are, they may have been unattainable to the passersby thrown out of work by the Depression.

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