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[Detail of "Penny Picture Display, Savannah"]

Artist:
Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut)
Date:
1936
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
8.7 x 13.7 cm (3 7/16 x 5 3/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.165.1
Rights and Reproduction:
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Not on view
This detail of a studio window display was printed on postcard stock from a larger negative of the entire sign. Since childhood, Evans had voraciously collected turn-of-the-century picture postcards, which he greatly admired both for their uninflected views of vernacular architecture and Americana as well as the anonymous messages written on the backs, which he considered a kind of found poetry. In the mid-1930s, Evans made a group of postcards from some of his recent negatives of the American South--wooden church steeples, Civil War monuments, and small-town main streets--and attempted to sell his idea to the Museum of Modern Art. In these works, the artist makes explicit the connection between his own photographic style and the look of the picture postcard.
Walker Evans; Bobbi Carrey

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