Walker Evans (1903 – 1975) was one of the great personalities of 20th century photography, being an exponent of what is called the "documentary style". For decades, right up to the present, the prolific photographic oeuvre of Walker Evans has acquired an increasingly model character.
His work, which spans a period of over fifty years, will be represented by well over 200 original prints from the years 1928 to 1974. In the half century of his creative activity the photographer documented in sober documentary fashion a uniquely authentic picture of America, and like no other before him showed a particular feel for both the everyday and the subtle - the American Vernacular - creating a sense of identity and historic significance.
While the exhibition shows icons in the history of photography, it also highlights some of the photographer's lesser known motifs dating from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. These include works done for Fortune, the magazine founded by Henry Luce in 1930; pictures taken on trips to London from 1945 onwards for the periodical Architectural Forum; or during stays at Robert Frank's Nova Scotia house in the late 1960s. Images courtesy: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.
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