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
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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