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Walker Evans

Walker Evans was born in St Louis, Missouri. Following a year in Paris, where he intended to become a successful author, Evans moved to New York and began photographing.

In the early 1930s, he travelled to Cuba to document the rebellion against Gerardo Machado. He was subsequently active as a photographer within the American project Farm Security Administration (FSA), part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Inspired by Eugène Atget, architecture and the signs and symbols of modern society, advertising pillars and shop windows became popular motifs in Evans’ photography. He also wrote for Time magazine and taught photography at Yale University School of Art in 1964–74.


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