[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


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.