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Subway Portrait

Artist:
Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut)
Date:
May 27, 1938
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
12.3 x 18.6 cm (4 13/16 x 7 5/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.742.42
Rights and Reproduction:
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed in unknown hand in pencil on print, recto LR in margin: "3"; photographer's stamp on print, verso UC: "WALKER EVANS"; collector's stamp on print, verso LR: "COLLECTION // ARNOLD H. CRANE, CHICAGO, U.S.A."; inscribed in pencil in hand of Arnold H. Crane, verso LR: "withdrawn 12/71 AHC"
Walker Evans; Arnold H. Crane

The reproduction in Many Are Called is a severely cropped version of this photograph. For the book, Evans reworked the picture into a vertical format and shows only the left figure. Perhaps to balance the new composition, he includes more of the subway map above the passenger's head.
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