Photographing the Great Depression: Walker Evans


In 1935, Evans was hired as an information specialist by the Farm Security Administration (FSA), which developed aid programmes for impoverished farmers during the Great Depression. The photographs were used as evidence of the extreme poverty in rural United States. Evans travelled through the Southern United States, photographing, with precision, everything he saw. It was during this time that he created his most important and significant work with the writer, James Agee, for Fortune Magazine. The latter project resulted in the groundbreaking book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941).

In 1938, one year after Evans had finished photographing for the FSA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York honoured Evans with the first solo exhibition of any photographer.

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