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Walker Evans: Signs (J. Paul Getty Museum Publications Series)by Walker Evans
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Walker Evans photographed signs throughout every phase of his career. From the 1920s to the time of his death in 1975, Evans was obsessed with the signage he found in modern America--from billboards to gas station pumps to street graffiti to handmade announcements of a Saturday-night dance. This book features fifth photographs of signs from the Getty Museum's collection, presented with a lively, provocative essay by Andrei Codrescu. Codrescu trains a perceptive eye on the artistic and social climate in Evans's America and reflects on the photographer's images as documents and commentary. Some of the images included come from the place and era most closely associated with Evans--the rural South of the 1930s. But also included are photographs that will be less familiar to many of his admirers, such as his images of New York City street scenes and advertising signs, or pictures he took in Havana and in Sarasota, Florida.
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Traces one of this master photographer's major themes throughout his long career. Brings together images from the era most closely associated with Evans, the rural South of the 1930s, and also includes images of New York City, Chicago, and Havana. An essay by Andre Codrescu brings a fresh perspective to this great photographer's passionate investigation of signs. Includes high-quality b&w photos.
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From the 1920s to the time of his death in 1975, photographer Walker Evans was obsessed with the signage he found in modern America--from billboards to gas station pumps to street graffiti to handmade announcements of a Saturday-night dance. This book features 50 of his photographs of signs from the Getty Museum's collection, plus 50 additional illustrations.
About the Author
Andrei Codrescu is a poet, novelist, and filmmaker, whose commentaries are often heard on National Public Radio. His latest publication is Hail, Babylon: In Search of the American City at the End of the Millennium.
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