Monday, 17 November 2014

Walker Evans 1903-75

"Leaving aside the mysteries and the inequities of human talent, brains, taste, and reputations, the matter of art in photography may come down to this: it is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt."
-- Walker Evans

Documentary? That’s a very sophisticated and misleading word. And not really clear….The term should be documentary style. An example of a literal document would be a police photograph of a murder scene. You see, a document has a use, whereas art is really useless. Therefore art is never a document, though it certainly can adopt that style.

— Walker Evans, 1971.

Images here



Clarke, G., 1997. The Photograph: A Visual and Cultural History 1st Edition edition., Oxford ; New York: Oxford Paperbacks.
Jeffrey, I., 1981. Photography: A Concise History, New York: Thames & Hudson.
Orvell, M., 2003. American Photography, Oxford ; New York: OUP Oxford
Newhall, B., 1984. The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present: 5th edition., New York : Boston: The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

Evans, W., 2013. Walker Evans American Photographs 75th Anniversary edition edition., London: Tate Publishing.

Hambourg, M.M. et al., 2004. Walker Evans New Ed edition., Princeton, N.J.; Woodstock: Princeton University Press.
Marien, M.W., 2014. Photography: A Cultural History 4 edition., Laurence King.

No comments:

Post a Comment