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Walker Evans: American Photographs (Books on Books) [Hardcover]

Walker Evans , John Hill , Lincoln Kirstein , Jeffrey Ladd

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An album of eighty-seven of Evans' pictures of houses, factories, people, and city streets offers an unadorned look at American society between 1929 and 1937. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, horrible execution 4 Feb 2009
By M. E. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
I was really looking forward to the arrival of this book since I had heard that it was being reissued. I was crushed, however, when I opened it to find that it was literally a photocopy of an original book. Many of the pages of this book contain four pages of the original, two of which are blank pages. So now you have these classic, large-format (8x10 I assume) originals reproduced at around 3x2 in. What a waste of time. I bought the Atget book from the same company and it's the same story. Both of these are going back promptly.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Bother 4 Feb 2009
By M. Limbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sure, it's a noble idea to make "...Rare and out-of-print photography books accessible to students and photobook enthusiasts." But when it's at the expense of the content - the PHOTOGRAPHS - I have to ask WHY BOTHER. This is a compromised reprinting of an original published edition of "American Photographs" which here is re-photographed from vintage book spreads and is painfully reproduced, sometimes half-size, sometimes seemingly 1/4 size. Now honestly, what value can be obtained from a photograph of a photograph that was originally printed in a book from 1938 now reprinted at 3 inches by 2 inches? Why not just reset the entire book in the original order with fresh image prints on full-sized plates and original readable typed commentary in an effective size bigger than 2pt? What is more important, the color and condition of the 1938 paper or the photographs? Foolish. This book is being returned. I enjoyed it more when I didn't own it.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Major Disappointment 22 Mar 2009
By JB - Published on Amazon.com
This book (and the one on Atget which I also bought) was a major disappointment. While this may be a re-presentation of the work as originally published, the photographs are reproduced in almost miniature scale. Little value for the price, in my view.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good for scholarship 6 Mar 2009
By Balticax - Published on Amazon.com
This is an incredibly disappointing text for those of us interested in studying--or even casually enjoying--photographs. And please note that all the so-called "5 star" reviewers are actually hacks for the company. That in itself should reveal something about the integrity of this printing.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job! 5 Feb 2009
By D. G. Besom - Published on Amazon.com
I've only seen Evan's "American Photographs" in reprints so I really had no idea how the original was presented. This is an excellent way of getting a feel for a book that I will never own.

There were complaints in other reviews about the size of the reproductions. This is not a facsimile--it is not a "Second Edition"--and nowhere was it presented as such. The "Books on Books" series reproduces the entire book, cover to cover, dust jacket and in this case, belly band as well, and so the images of the spreads of the book are not at the original size (which were never anywhere near 8x10, by the way.) But it gives me a good enough sense of the original that I at least know what people are talking about when they say Robert Frank's "The Americans" was modeled on "American Photographs."

Further more, the essays are excellent at putting the book in context and the bibliographic info is fascinating. The price is not only reasonable but I was pleasantly surprised at how well printed it was and at how much care went into the scans and reproductions.

All around, I'm impressed and happy with this book and the others in the series.
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