Oral history interview with Walker Evans, 1971 Oct. 13-Dec. 23
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975
Cummings, Paul, 1933-
Kirstein, Lincoln Edward
Stryker, Roy Emerson
United States.Farm Security Administration
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Sound recording: 2 sound tape reels ; 5 in.
Transcript: 46 p.
Originally recorded as 2 audio reels. Duration is 2 hr., 33 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Interview of Walker Evans conducted 1971 Oct. 13-Dec. 23, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Evans discusses his early life and education; his early desire to become a writer; living for two years in Paris; teaching himself photography; taking pictures for the Farm Security Administration; his later work with FORTUNE and TIME magazines; photographing celebrities; his "Subway" series; teaching at Yale; influences on his work. He recalls Lincoln Kirstein, Roy Stryker and Ben Shahn.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Walker Evans, 1971 Oct. 13-Dec. 23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Walker Evans (1903-1975) was a photographer.
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
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