American Photographs(136 views)
Description: FIRST EDITION of Evans’s masterpiece, “at the top of the pantheon” of American photobooks. American Photographs holds a well-deserved place at the top of the pantheon, and should be studied assiduously by any photographer attempting the tricky business of compiling a coherent photobook. It is a complex, elliptical, hugely ambitious work, exemplifying all the qualities that Evans demanded from serious photography... It constitutes a document of 1930s America so persuasive that John Szarkowski has remarked: It is difficult to know now with certainty whether Walker Evans recorded the America of his youth, or invented it... American Photographs remains a great work of art, for it showed us all -- including the photographer himself -- just what might be accomplished by the photobook (Parr and Badger, The Photobook, Vol. I.). Roth 101. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1938. Quarto, original black cloth with paper spine label, original dust jacket. With errata slip; without the extremely rare belly-band. Book fine, dust jacket with mild toning (usual with this jacket), a tiny bit of edgewear, and small spot of discoloration at base of front panel. An exceptionally good copy of a book that is notoriously difficult to find in collectible condition.
Artist or Maker: EVANS, WALKER