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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. The Grandaddy of all American Photo books. Beautiful, bleak, mysterious, and one can smell the depression right off the pages. Sep 24, Robin Friedman rated it it was amazing. In , the Museum of Modern Art presented an exhibition of Evan's photographs taken during the late s -- early s. Evans selected and arranged 87 photographs from the exhibit and divided them into two sections of 50 and 37 photos.
The Museum of Modern Art published the book that resulted under the title "American Photographs" together with an essay by Lincoln Kirstein. Over the years, the book went in and out of print in various editions. The Museum issued a 25th anniversary edition in , which also went out of print, followed by a year anniversary edition in In , the Museum issued the 75th anniversary edition of Evans' classic.
The book recently appeared on the new book shelf of my local library, and I wondered why. The 75th anniversary edition went through its fourth printing in , once more making the book available to new readers. This book is indeed a work of art and a moving picture of America. The photographs date from the Great Depression with Evans eloquently and faithfully showing scenes from the era. They capture rural, small town, and urban America, poor and wealthy, white and black. The photos include people, places, and structures.
The two parts of the book represent "People by Photography" in the first and "indigenous American expression" in the second. I find it difficult to distinguish the two. Evans designed the book carefully.
He wanted the reader to view the photographs in the sequence in which they appeared and not to be distracted by text. Thus, the listing of photographs appears at the end of each section. Evans was wise in arranging the book in this way to allow the reader to concentrate both on each individual photograph and on the cumulative impact of the collection.
I viewed the photographs several times as Evans had intended and then viewed them with the captions at the back of each section. These photographs are gritty and sad. Some of the individual photographs have become classic and well-known in themselves. The photographs in this book capture a harsh and changing time. With all the Depression-Era poverty and loneliness, the photos display a strength and a sense of vision.
They invite both reflection and a sense of hope.
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I was glad to find this new printing of Evans' book and to think about his portrait of America. Robin Friedman Sep 23, Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: american-studies , photography , compas. The first thing to note about this book is that it is separated into two parts.
The first part is about American people, the second about American buildings.
They are just different ways of exploring the same subject and themes. However, I struggled a lot more with the second part.
Reading pictures of buildings is difficult, the meanings and purpose of the pictures more elusive. Which is odd because we all see buildings e The first thing to note about this book is that it is separated into two parts. Which is odd because we all see buildings everyday, right?
The first section of the book reads like a book of short stories. Each photograph is a story and each story reflects the others in the section, through elaboration and contrast. Evans subtly links all these stories through the subject matter of the photographs themselves. For instance, photograph 8 is a hand painted gas sign.
Photograph 9 is the side of a lunch truck with hand painted prices and an image of a couple in a car eating a burger. Photograph 10 is a picture of an actual couple driving a car. This sort of narrative thread passes though almost every picture in this section. The few pictures that seem to be a break with this movement are more likely due to my failure to pick out the thread. NOTE: Comments will not appear until they have been approved by our editors.
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Jacket chipped at extremities with loss to spine, toned, rear panel detached at spine but held in place by mylar jacket protector which was removed for the photo. Review copy with publiher's slip and signed publicity letter from executive director at the MoMA.