Circus Showbill

Circus Showbill

c. 1930

Walker Evans

(American, 1903-1975)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 20.5 x 15.8 cm (8 1/16 x 6 1/4 in.); Paper: 20.5 x 15.8 cm (8 1/16 x 6 1/4 in.); Mounted: 21.9 x 17.4 cm (8 5/8 x 6 7/8 in.)

Gift of Diann G. Mann and Thomas A. Mann 2019.30


Fun Fact

Walker Evans’s father was an advertising executive.


Throughout his career, Walker Evans photographed billboards, signs, and posters—both the large, commercially printed images in urban environments and the folksy, hand-painted signs in more rural areas. Evans’s delight in this subject matter may be partly due to its inclusion in the cityscapes of his friend and photographic mentor Ralph Steiner, whose work is also represented in the museum’s collection.

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