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
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Female Pedestrian, New York
Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)
about 1929 - 1931
Gelatin silver print
14.4 x 16.7 cm (5 11/16 x 6 9/16 in.)
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Anonymous and fleeting, this photograph zooms in close on a woman in round glasses clutching folded newspapers under her arm. Made on the street in New York, it epitomizes Walker Evans's preferred style of urban portraiture. With the top of her head slightly cut off and her upper body caught at an askew angle, the elderly subject in her polka-dotted dress and beads blends into the jumbled visual landscape of advertisements for eggs and tennis rackets. The arched strain of her neck as she glances away mimics the tension of city living.