"WALKER EVANS & COMPANY" par Peter GALASSI. Editions The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 2000.
WALKER EVANS AND COMPANY
"WALKER EVANS & COMPANY" par Peter GALASSI. Editions The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 2000. Imprimé en Italie. Petit in-4, couverture toilée noire sous jaquette photo. 272 pages. Texte en anglais illustré de 324 reproductions photographiques noir & blanc et couleurs de plus de 100 artistes différents. Ouvrage réalisé dans le cadre de l'exposition éponyme au MoMA, New York, du 16 Mars au 26 Juillet 2000.
"At the heart of this book lies the work of the great American photographer Walker Evans, who radically expanded the possibilities of photography as an art. Photographers before Evans had certainly conceived of their pictures as art, but in order to make that claim they had most often aimed at a cultivated visual style that would advertise its differences from the vast mass of reportorial and vernacular photography. Evan's work of the late 1920s and 1930s, however, was direct and plainspoken, conclusively demonstrating how richly articulate and challenging a photograph could become by affecting no more than a hard, clear, observant gaze at the world beyond the lens. Evans is the moving force of Walker Evans & Company, but the book, which presents over 300 works, in photography and other mediums, by over 100 artists, has a larger subject: it is a generously expansive study of a diverse, long-lived visual tradition. Beginning with the great influences on Evans - American vernacular photography, and the work of the Europeans Eugene Atget and August Sander - Peter Galassi goes on to chart Evan's own influence on later generations of artists. That influence may be direct, or roundabout; it may also be a question less of a definite lineage than of a general inheritance, a shared focus of interest or mode of approach. An experiment in mapping the changing order of tradition, Walker Evans & Company tracks crisscrossing paths of creative art-making that extend both backward and forward in time, becoming intricate networks of connection that permeate visual culture both past and present." Ref LPB0508