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Walker Evans or Is It?

Updated on July 22, 2013
Walker Evans at Work
Walker Evans at Work

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

feigned madness,

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.

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.

Parting shot.

Subway Riders
Subway Riders
Walker Evans
Walker Evans

Walker Evans

Walker Evans

Portrait of James Agee by Walker Evans


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      Ralph Deeds 9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Another angle on photo authenticity--digital retouching.

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      Ralph Deeds 9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      True. Thanks for the comment.

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      JimE 10 years ago

      Walker Evans is a great American photographer and humanitarian. His photographs show great care and respect for his subjects. This is not true of some well known photographers.