walker evans on his subject(s)

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Walker Evans, Subway Portrait

since we’ve started on Walker Evans yesterday, I just wanted to share with you a quote I recently stumbled upon and which is well on its way of becoming one of my favorite quotes ever!

when asked what he photographed Walker Evans replied:

“People, all classes, surrounded by bunches of the new down-and-out.

Automobiles and the automobile landscape.

Architecture, American urban taste, commerce, small scale, large scale, clubs, the city atmosphere, the street smell, the hateful stuff, women’s clubs, fake culture, bad education, religion in decay.

The movies.

Evidence of what people of the city read, eat, see for amusement, do for relaxation and not get it.

Sex.

Advertising.

A lot else, you see what I mean.”

Walker Evans in G. Dyer, The ongoing Moment

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