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Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge


Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)




October 28, 1929


Gelatin silver print

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9.5 × 6.8 cm (3 3/4 × 2 11/16 in.)


© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Object Description

This is perhaps Walker Evans's most classic view of the Brooklyn Bridge. It shows the famous arches built of New York limestone and Maine granite, dissected by a jumble of intersecting cables. A solitary pedestrian appears as a mere white speck against the towering structure.

Built between 1869 and 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was at the time the world's largest suspension bridge and the first to use steel as cable wire. A symbol of progress in the Industrial Age, it also became a favorite motif for modern painters and photographers.

Walker Evans: New York (July 28, 1998 to April 2, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 28 to October 11, 1998
  • Museum Folkwang (Essen), February 6 to April 2, 2000
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier Bresson and Walker Evans (November 13, 2002 to March 2, 2003)
  • Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), November 13, 2002 to March 2, 2003
Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883-1950 (September 17 to December 11, 2016)
  • Georgia Museum of Art (Athens), September 17 to December 11, 2016
True Grit: American Photographs from 1900 to 1950 (October 15, 2019 to January 19, 2020)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 15, 2019 to January 19, 2020