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5.0 out of 5 stars Walker Evans, 31 Mar 2003
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This review is from: Walker Evans (Phaidon 55's) (Paperback)
From the 55 selected photographs in the book, there are lines and themes to be drawn through Walker Evans' work. The photographs are also about texture and composition. His long-term work on signs recurs throughout his career. The earlier pictures are often about the sign and the space around it. An early image depicts the edge of a roof sign, with scaffold around and skyline in the far distance.
There is a powerful series made in the mid- 1930's of almost flat compositions: interior shots of house walls. Silent textured spaces that are profoundly biographical. His portraits are equally powerful. His images of buildings also taken in the thirties often depict a single building concentrating on the shape, the texture but most of all acknowledging in these forms a presence and voice. They stand as icons. The light defining the clapboard or the corrugated iron clad buildings.
Images like the one used on the cover, of flood victims in Arkansas in 1937, increase their forcefulness by truncating the image and concentrating on the plate carrying hands. Evans' deliberate compositional choice was a strong influence on later journalistic work. The last colour images in the book continue his earlier work within a colour medium adding to the richness of the textures.
Having read this first book I now want to see more of his work, this book provides an excellent introduction to the work of Walker Evans. In a collection of 55 photographs outlining the artist's work and a brief introductory text this book published by Phaidon encapsulates his photographic oeuvre.
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