Walker Evans or Is It?
Digital Reproductions of Historic Photographs
The New York Times article linked below raises interesting questions about how digital reproductions of famous photographs should be regarded.
The article was occasioned by an exhibit entitled "Walker Evans Carbon and Silver" at the UBS Gallery in New York City. Serious photographers will find the article interesting.
An article about James Agee who was Walker Evan's co-author (text) of "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" is also linked below.
Prologue from "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee
From "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" To Walker Evans
Against time and the damages of the brain
Sharpen and calibrate. Not yet in full,
Yet in some arbitrated part
Order the facade of the listless summer.
Spies, moving delicately among the enemy,
The younger sons, the fools,
Set somewhat aside the dialects and the strained skins of
Ambiguously signal, baffle, the eluded sentinel.
Edgar, weeping for pity, to the shelf of that sick bluff,
Bring your blind father, and describe a little;
Behold him, part wakened, fallen among field flowers
But undisclosed, withdraw.
Not yet that naked hour when armed,
Disguise flung flat, squarely we challenge the fiend.
Still, comrade, the running of beasts and the ruining
Still captive the old wild king.
Digital Reproductions of Famous Photographs
- Walker Evans or Is It?
Evans shot these works on assignment for the FSA , so they ended up in the Library of Congress as public property, where anybody can reproduce them. Digital technology hasn't introduced manipulation, it has multiplied the opportunities for mischief.
Alabama Old Men
Bud Fields and his family. Alabama 1935.
Sharecropper, Hale County, Alabama, 1936.
Allie Mae Burroughs , Hale County, Alabama Cotton Tennant FArmer's Wife. 1936.
7-18-13NYTimes "Walker Evans' 'American Photographs' at MOMA"
- Walker Evans’s ‘American Photographs,’ at MoMA - NYTimes.com
Walker Evans’s images of rural churches, farmhouses and main street storefronts, in a show at the Museum of Modern Art, are a time capsule of a dark period in American history.
Walker Evans's Wikipedia entry.
Pixel Perfect by Lauren Collins
- Pixel Perfect by Lauren Collins in The New Yorker 5-12-08
Lauren Collins article on premier digital photo touch-up artist Pascal Dangin
Portrait of James Agee by Walker Evans
Appreciating James Agee by Adam Kirsch Harvard Magazine May-June 2009
- Vistas of Perfection | Harvard Magazine
A profile of writer James Agee, at Harvard and beyondby Adam Kirsch.
On The Path of Walker Evans Laura M. Holson in the NY Times 4-24-09
- On the Path of Walker Evans
Through 5-25-09, Evans fans can see photographs and some of the 9,000 postcards he collected during his travels at the MOMA in New York. Or a weekend trip can explore the roads Evans drove around Birminham, Marion and Greensboro is an alternative.