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5.0 out of 5 stars America's most famous photo book, 27 April 2010
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This review is from: American Photographs (Paperback)
What can I saw about this remarkable photo book that hasn't been said before? Well, regarding the photos nothing really but, as I found out, the history of this title is quite fascinating. Over the years there have been four editions. Originally published by MoMA in 1938 (the five thousand copies were letterpress printed) to coincide with an exhibition of a hundred of Evans photos. Oddly forty-seven of these don't appear in the book and thirty-three in the book didn't make it to the exhibition. Even photos that appeared in both had different cropping or were from different negatives of the same event.

The second edition, in 1962, was again published by MoMA in an edition of four thousand copies, letterpress printed from the 1938 plates. The third edition, with the photos now out of copyright, was published by the East River Press. This edition is best avoided because it was printed from pages in the 1938 book, by offset litho, rather than from the original prints.

This, the fourth edition, was again published by MoMA to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary in 1988. The eighty-seven photos here are printed as duotones from prints made from the original negatives, with one exception which was made from the printed photo in the 1938 book because the negative had been destroyed.

The original 1938 exhibition photos have long been forgotten, (though if you are interested they are shown in Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye) so it is this book that carries on his legacy. Unfortunately prices vary enormously for the different editions but you can see what pages in the original book looked like by checking out Walker Evans: American Photographs (Books on Books), this is a copy, page by page, of the original 1938 book .

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before the curse of AFFLUENCE, 9 Sep 2013
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Iconic. One day USA was not rich. Here are the pictures. Or only rich in patches - certain places. There was obviously a quantum leap in productive capacity during WW2 and the Korean War which must have created 'affluence'. But these pictures show the reality before that, when advertising was largely limited to a Coca-Cola sign. Wonderful photography. For baby boomers like myself, we can remember our societies without 'affluence', and thus connect with these photos. These picture show 'Life', as it was considered to be - an inevitable grind and struggle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 10 Oct 2012
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This is a reprint on decent paper of a MOMA classic publication. It contains many of Evans' best known images and as such is a valuable addition to anyone's library of 20th. century masters. Good value too,
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4.0 out of 5 stars fine selection of images., 18 May 2014
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Fine account of this photographer in the selection of images but the accompanying essay is opinionated beyond cogent argument and irritating more than illuminating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wlker Evans, American, 28 Jan 2014
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Very good! The quality of the book is very good and the pictures as strong as always Evans did it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A major photographic work re-issued, 18 Mar 2013
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My concern with this book was that it might be a pastiche of the original. This is not the case and I write to reassure others. This is a good facsimile and faithful to the original where possible. My recollection of leafing through an original copy (I did not own it) was that the plates were lush but definition was limited by the economics of the print process. This book surpasses the original providing duo-tone plates of remarkable quality. A beautiful and rewarding book, don't hesitate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a photographer's delight., 24 Aug 2014
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Again, a photographer's delight.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great photographer, 11 Feb 2013
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K. Green "nugnag" (Derbyshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Prints are good quality and resolution, book is well made. bargain. Must have for aspiring documentary photographers, students and lecturers.
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