Homework #5: Walker Evans’ Subway Portraits

Walker Evans’ photographed people on the New York City subways between 1938-1941. He only published these photographs 25 years later in his book, Many Are Called, which was re-issued in 2004. Read a review about the new edition in the New York Times or listen to a radio interview of the book’s re-release and a related exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Then look at some of Evans photographs on the Getty website. What do you think of Evans’ clandestine approach to photography? Do you see similarities between the riders’ expressions during the Depression Era to today’s riders?

Walker Evans, Subway Couple

Walker Evans, Subway Couple

New York Times Book review

NPR interview with Met curator Jeff Rosenheim (audio)

Getty Collection of Walker Evans Subway Portraits

Please post your responses by Monday, November 16th.

One thought on “Homework #5: Walker Evans’ Subway Portraits

  1. I think the best way to take photos like Walker Evans took in subway. The photos look very natural and the way Evans make is amazing. its very unique. Walker Evans documenting these people’s daily life into his photography. In his pictures i believe he shows the subway that can be perfect area to take a photo. Each photo that represent today’s riders in NYC subways, and also each photo documents a person. As a result, I really liked his style and the way how he was taking photos. I will try to take it one day like him.

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