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LABOR ANONYMOUS: WALKER EVANS. David Campany et al. Artbook|D.A.P., New York, 2016. Published in association with Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, Cologne. 164 pp. with 114 ills. (7 col.). 26 x 25 cm. ISBN 9781938922947 In English.
Publisher's description: Walker Evans shot the photographs collected in Labor Anonymous as an assignment for Fortune magazine, which published a small selection of 20 images in its November 1946 issue, under the title "On a Saturday Afternoon in Detroit." Until now, however, the entire series of 50 photographs has never been reproduced. Evans' extraordinary serial studies of the facial expressions and postures of Detroit workers walking the city's streets are fascinating both as portraiture and as a surprising dimension of his photographic style. Shooting passersby against a plywood backdrop as they crossed his field of vision from distant right to close left (some noticing him, most not), with the light striking and modeling their features, Evans found that what he was creating with these images was "the physiognomy of a nation." This book compiles the photographs, contact sheets, small-version printlets, Evans' annotations to newspaper clippings, drafts for an unpublished text, telegrams and every available print Evans made, along with the Fortune spread as published. Labor Anonymous captures a long-vanished moment in American history, and a crucial project in Evans' oeuvre. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Walker Evans (1903-75) took up photography in 1928.
Artist(s):Evans, Walker
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 172758
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