Walker Evans’s (1903-1975) depictions of everyday American life, through representations of its people and objects, have had great impact on following generations of photographers and artists. His work has in recent years received new recognition and interest from the art scene, and it is constantly an important reference for all those working with photography.
His photographic style was economical and dry. Evans’ photographs were an unpretentious attempt to present the beholder with precise and detailed, not to mention straightforward, depictions of everyday motifs such as interiors, exhibition windows, advertisement posters, and architecture. His work constitutes a personal interpretation of an American documentary tradition, with a sensibility giving the images an enigmatic poesy and complexity.