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The Last Years of Walker Evans: A First-Hand Account 
 
  
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Hardcover 
128 pages 
Thames & Hudson 
Published 1997 
  
About the Author 
  
Jerry Thompson, the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, specializes in photographing sculpture and painting. His work is in the collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.  
  
 
  
Book Description 
  
In 1971, when the author enrolled in the Yale School of Art as an aspiring photographer, his principal aim was to learn all he could from one of the leading and most admired American photographers of this century, Walker Evans. Once Evans accepted Jerry Thompson as a student, they developed an extremely close working relationship as well as a personal friendship. At Yale, at Evans's Connecticut home in Old Lyme, and during a number of field trips to other parts of the country, Thompson was always close at hand, helping in the darkroom, fetching and carrying, mounting prints for exhibitions, driving, dealing with the archives that were the accumulation of almost forty years of work, and absorbing all the time what the articulate Evans had to say about his interests, his intellectual curiosity, and the basis of his approach to the art of photography. By the time Evans's health deteriorated and he died in 1975, Thompson had become deeply involved with his idol, learning as much about Evans's foibles and eccentricities as he did about the man's genius. As a result, Thompson's account of those last four years gives us a precious insight into the mind and sensibilities of a great man. On a smaller scale, this is as enlightening as James Boswell's memories of Samuel Johnson or Eckermann's of Goethe. To remind the reader of some of Evans's most famous photographs that are discussed in the book, a number are reproduced here, along with informal photographs of him at home and a sampling of his late interest in color Polaroid photography, published here for the first time. In combination with an unusually sensitive text, this is a book of great interest not only to photographers and those interested in photography but also to all who respond to biography and the analysis of character.
 
  
 
  

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Walker Evans. Documentary and Anti-Graphic Photographs: A Reconstruction of the 1935 Exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York. 
  
Alvarez Bravo (Photographer); Henri Cartier-Bresson (Photographer); Walker Evans (Photographer); Daniel Giradin (Essay); & Ian Jeffrey (Essay)
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Many Are Called 
  
Walker Evans (Photographer)
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Walker Evans: Signs 
  
Walker Evans (Photographer); Andrei Codrescu; & J. Paul Getty Museum
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Walker Evans: Cuba 
  
Walker Evans (Photographer); Andrei Codrescu; & Judith Keller (Introduction)
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Incognito: Limited Edition 
  
Walker Evans (Photographer); & Leslie Katz (Compiler)
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Walker Evans: Photographs for the Farm Security Administration, 1935-1938: A Catalog of Photographic Prints Available from the Farm Security Admini 
  
Walker Evans (Photographer); & Library of Congress
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Walker Evans: Florida 
  
Walker Evans (Photographer); & Robert Plunket
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Walker Evans: The Lost Work 
  
Walker Evans (Photographer); Belinda Rathbone; & Clark Worswick
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Walker Evans: Polaroids 
  
Walker Evans (Photographer); & Jeff L. Rosenheim
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Documenting America, 1935-1943 (Approaches to American Culture, No 2) 
  
Carl Fleischhauer (Editor); Beverly W. Brannan (Editor); & Lawrence W. Levine (Editor)
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Walker Evans Simple Secrets: Photographs from the Collection of Marian and Benjamin A. Hill 
  
Ellen Fleurov; Marian Hill; & High Museum Of Art
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Walker Evans (Masters of Photography Series) 
  
Lloyd Fonvielle; Aperture; & Walker Evans
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Walker Evans & Company 
  
Peter Galassi; & Glenn D. Lowry
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American Photographers of the Depression: Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and the FSA Photographers (Photofile) 
  
Charles Hagen
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Walker Evans: American Photographs 
  
Lincoln Kirstein; & Walker Evans (Photographer)
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Perfect Documents: Walker Evans and African Art, 1935 
  
Virginia Lee-Webb; & Virginia-Lee Webb
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Walker Evans 
  
James R. Mellow
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Walker Evans (Photofile) 
  
Gilles Mora (Introduction); & Walker Evans (Photographer)
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Walker Evans 
  
Christian A. Peterson
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Walker Evans: A Biography 
  
Belinda Rathbone
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Walker Evans: A Biography 
  
Belinda Rathbone; & Walker Evans
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Walker Evans 
  
Jeff L. Rosenheim; Maria Morris Hambourg; & Douglas Eklund
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Unclassified - A Walker Evans Anthology 
  
Jeff L. Rosenheim (Editor); Douglas Eklund; Alexis Schwarzenbach; & Walker Evans (Photographer)
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Walker Evans (Phaidon 55 S.) 
  
Luc Sante; & Walker Evans
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Walker’s Way: My Years with Walker Evans 
  
Isabelle Storey (Author)
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The Last Years of Walker Evans: A First-Hand Account 
  
Jerry L. Thompson; & Walker Evans
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Reading American Photographs: Images As History: Mathew Brady to Walker Evans 
  
Alan Trachtenberg
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