ARTH1100 History of Photography S2016

 Walker Evans was an influential photographer in American history during the mid 20th century. His work expresses American culture in an explicit form. In 1927, Evans moved back to New York City in Greenwich village after completing his education in Paris. Although his work did progress in France, his work intensively improved in NYC. His earliest snapshots were of skyscrapers. Eugene Atget, a French photographer during the time has mentored Evans in pursuing his photography career. Also, Berenice Abbott, another successful photography of the time has been very supportive to Evans. In the 1930’s, Evans has worked for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) as a skeptical photographer. At this point, Evans is still a rookie but has made an impact in the photography business. Later on in his career, he has worked for a publishing company called Time,Inc. for 22 years. He eventualy became inspired to take pictures of the New York City subways. His series of NYC subways shots were published in a magazine called “Many Are Called” in 1966. According to the New York Times review on “Many Are Called” and the Getty Museum of Evans’ subway portraits, he has been very successful and showcased his talent all over the U.S. I noticed similatiries and differences of people in NYC from then and now. In his photographs, there are many different faces each with their own facial expression. As I ride the subway, I do observe the same actions as Evans. Many faces that you will probably not see again but fulfill the characteristics of the NYC subway. Although, one difference is that today we have technology as another to occupy ourselves while waiting for a train or even while boarding a train. These days, people listen to music, read from digital books, play apps all in the power of our hands. You can simply command your electronic device to do pretty much anything (such as listening to music). During the Depression Era, society didn’t have the convenience like we do.

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