Short Review: Walker Evans the Magazine Work

81PeOXBvIyLIf Walker Evans’ famous Depression-era pictures for the Farm Security Administration long overshadowed his other work, his magazine career has been the most obscured of all. Employment at Henry Luce’s Fortune can easily seem at odds with his very individual vision and his social consciousness. But David Campany makes an effective case for elevating the magazine spreads to the first rank, and the book includes numerous facsimiles as evidence. Evans had a great deal of creative control, and the magazine format allowed him to present photos and text in ways that make his ideas more explicit than you can garner from random prints.

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