The J. Paul Getty Museum

Street Scene, Brooklyn

Object Details

Title:

Street Scene, Brooklyn

Artist/Maker:

Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)

Culture:

American

Date:

about 1931

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.956.58

Dimensions:

11.4 × 16.2 cm (4 1/2 × 6 3/8 in.)

Copyright:

Status undetermined

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Object Description

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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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