Walker Evans, Brookfield Center, CT,
1930–31. Gelatin silver print. Florence
Griswold Museum, Gift of the Walker
Evans Estate. ©Walker Evans Archive,
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Among the more than 100 photographs and artifacts culled from public
and private collections is a sampling of
Evans’ 1930s pictures, accompanied by
large-scale reproductions that offer an
up-close look at the details.
“They feel cinematic, like you can step
into the scene,” says exhibit co-curator
Evans’ eclectic interests are show-
cased in train-themed photos taken dur-
ing a rail journey for Fortune magazine;
surreptitious shots snapped on the New
York City subway with a hidden camera;
and some of the 2,500 Polaroid pictures of
everyday objects and scenes, taken during
the twilight of his career, when the instant
camera was a cutting-edge invention.
Above: Walker Evans, Joe’s Auto Graveyard, Pennsylvania, 1935. Private Collection