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[Barber Shops, Vicksburg, Mississippi]

Artist:
Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut)
Date:
1936
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
18.1 x 23.1 cm (7 1/8 x 9 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation Gift, in memory of David Nathan Meyerson; and Pat and John Rosenwald and Lila Acheson Wallace Gifts, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.237.1
Rights and Reproduction:
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Not on view
Walker Evans' series of photographs of African-American men before a row of barbershops make his work in Vicksburg, the site of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles, a high point in his career. This photograph of the "Brother-in-Law," "New Deal," and "Savoy" shops is also a field portrait of the descendants of those for whom the Union officers fought, with President Roosevelt replacing President Lincoln as the commissioning agent.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in pencil on mount, recto BR, BL: "Walker Evans", "Mississippi, 1936"; inscribed in pencil on mount, recto CR: "4 1/2"
Walker Evans; John T. Hill, Bethany, Connecticut

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