"What I keep talking about exudes a purity, a rigor, an immediacy that is achieved through a lack of pretension to art, in an acute awareness of the world." The definition is perfect. It is true that Walker Evans photographed Depression-era America with a constant concern for objectivity, in a kind of documentary neutrality. But the subtle plasticity of his images, the extreme attention he paid to people and things, marked a whole generation of artists and placed him at the forefront of the history of photography.
Introduction by Gilles Mora
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