[Railroad Track, New York]

Object Details

Title:

[Railroad Track, New York]

Artist/Maker:

Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)

Culture:

American

Place:

New York, United States, North America (Place created)

Date:

1929

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.956.36

Dimensions:

8.3 × 14.8 cm (3 1/4 × 5 13/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Walker Evans enjoyed pointing his camera down, photographing traffic signs and directions painted on asphalt. In this photograph, he still pointed his lens downward, but he shifted his subject to another often-overlooked part of the landscape--railroad tracks. Many other photographers in the 1920s and 30s celebrated the abstract qualities of locomotives, but Evans remained more interested in exploiting the rhythmic pattern of the tracks.

Exhibitions
Railroad Vision (March 3 to June 23, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 5 to June 23, 2002