Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Walker Evans: New York

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
July 28–October 11, 1998

Walker Evans ranks with Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand as a key figure in creating our modern conception of photography—which may explain why he’s enjoying simultaneous high-quality museum shows. On the heels of the High Museum’s traveling exhibition, the Getty’s show concentrates on the photographer’s work from the late ’20s and early ’30s, including views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan skyscrapers, and Times Square signs. Chosen by Judith Keller of the Getty, some of the 100-plus pictures offer a glimpse of Evans’ mature, FSA-era documentary style; other, more experimental shots put flesh on what can sometimes seem a bony, obdurate body of work. Especially vivid are his unabashedly voyeuristic images of pedestrians and passersby.