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Moving Truck and Bureau Mirror
Gelatin silver print
11.4 x 16.4 cm
National Gallery of Canada / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada
Gift of Phyllis Lambert, Montreal, 1982, No. 19316, © Walker Evans Archive, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Curatorial description (Accessed: 18 December 2015)
Walker Evans' wide-ranging experimentation in the first five years of his career is remarkable and this image is among his most inspired avenues of exploration, one that would influence generations of American photographers. Not only a radical representation of how Evans is seeing the world, it also exemplifies his redefinition of the potential of the medium, showing how the camera could capture the complexity of spatial arrangement and our perception of it. In 1932, when Julien Levy included this work in the exhibition New York by New Yorkers, The New York Times singled it out as an "incredible study of chaos."