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[Ramshackle House, Hale County, Alabama]

Artist:
Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut)
Date:
October 1973
Medium:
Instant color print
Dimensions:
7.9 x 7.9 cm (3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr. Bequest and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.245.113
Rights and Reproduction:
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 851
In October 1973, Evans began making photographs with a Polaroid camera, a new technology that made instant color prints. He used it voraciously over the next year, including on a visiting lectureship at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. During his stay, he returned to Hale County, the site where nearly forty years earlier he made the classic Depression-era photographs of tenant farmers and their families that were then published in 1941 as Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (with text by James Agee).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetics of Place: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection," December 12, 2016–May 29, 2017.

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