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
Not currently on view
Street Scene, Brooklyn
Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)
Gelatin silver print
11.4 × 16.2 cm (4 1/2 × 6 3/8 in.)
A well-cared-for bureau with a gleaming, polished top and attached mirror sits displaced out on the street against a packing crate, a graffiti-covered door, and a brick wall. Further evidence of someone's moving day is reflected in the mirror: carefully wrapped and stacked chairs, the last load on the mover's truck, await the final departure. Made around 1931, this photograph by Walker Evans evokes images of the human ebb and flow caused by the Great Depression, as personal circumstances and residences changed drastically overnight.