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Window Display of Photographer's Studio, Birmingham, AL
Gelatin silver print
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 ins
Metropolitan Museum of Art
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Evans's style builds on the force of specific, familiar details, transforming them into a universally recognized pattern of facts. Evans could see beneath the surface of the ordinary and uncover the extraordinary without commentary, footnotes, or statistics. His deceptively laconic head-on presentation of the facts, just before what feels like a looming collapse, have infl uenced how imagemakers view vernacular architecture and the American Main Street scene of signs and gas stations.