PRINT October 2014


Walker Evans: The Magazine Work

THIS BOOK IS ABOUT the overlooked work of Walker Evans. We know the iconic photographs he made in the South in the mid-1930s, we know his subway portraits (shot between 1938 and 1941, though not published until twenty years later), and we know the memorable Polaroids he made at the end of his life. But his early magazine work (his first published folio was in 1930, in the Architectural Record) and his years with Luce publications—briefly at Time and then at Fortune magazine, from 1943 to ’65, as special photographic editor for the last seventeen years—have been either ignored or considered a sad waste of his time. David Campany’s study of what he calls Evans’s “career in print” proves otherwise. Walker Evans: The Magazine Work concerns photography on printed pages often accompanied by Evans’s pungent antiestablishment texts. (We are reminded that Evans started out wanting to be

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