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Walker Evans
from Walker Evans: England, 1973
Walker Evans Archive, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


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England, 1973

Artists: Walker Evans

Dates: Oct 6th 2006 - Nov 26th 2006

Venue: Gardner Arts Centre

This exhibition brought together a series of extraordinary photographs that reveal a little-known late chapter in the life of the great American photographer Walker Evans. Drawn from the Walker Evans Archive at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, these images record Evans' visit to England in 1973, two years before his death.

Essentially an intimate, personal travelogue presented in the exhibition as a projected sequence, the photographs reveal Evans easing his way back into photography after a near-fatal operation the previous year. Among the images of his friends and the places he visited, including the Royal Pavilion, Brighton and the Palace Pier, are emphatic reminders of Evans’ vision and his unwavering interest in architecture and signage, and in objects bearing the traces of age and use.

To accompany and contextualise the projected sequence, the exhibition also contained other unfamiliar Evans material, including photographs taken for the American Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and original 1950s editions of Fortune Magazine that reveal Evans' little-known but remarkable colour photography.

A Photoworks Exhibition in association with Brighton Photo Biennial, curated by Gilane Tawadros and Photoworks.

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