"Floyd Burroughs, Hale County, Alabama" is an exemplary case of Walker Evans' chronicle of American turmoil in the South during the Great Depression. With clothes tattered and a stark, almost hopeless expression, Evans focuses here on hardship of the 'everyday man' in the throes of a disaster.

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975) defined the Great Depression with the stark, intimate photographs he took for the Farm Security Administration. With striking large-format images, first in West Virginia and Pennsylvania on assignment with the Resettlement Administration and then across the South, Evans portrayed the hardship of everyday Americans during the period. His 1938 exhibition “Walker Evans: American Photographs” was the first show at The Museum of Modern Art, NY devoted to a single photographer, and the book he produced with writer James Agee about three Alabama families, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”, is considered a classic.

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Floyd Burroughs, Hale County, Alabama, 1936
Lot Number 52
Gelatin silver print
Sheet: 14 x 11 in (35.56 x 27.94 cm)
Annotated "​This gelatin print was made from Evans’s original negative​ for the Walker Evans estate.​" by John T. Hill, Executor, Walker Evans Estate, in pencil on the verso.
Printed 1970s

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