The J. Paul Getty Museum

Bud Fields with His Wife Ivy, and His Daughter Ellen, Hale County, Alabama

Object Details

Title:

Bud Fields with His Wife Ivy, and His Daughter Ellen, Hale County, Alabama

Artist/Maker:

Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)

Culture:

American

Date:

1936

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.956.302

Dimensions:

19.4 × 24.4 cm (7 5/8 × 9 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

From mid-July to mid-September 1936, Evans took a leave from his position as an information specialist for the Historical Section of the Resettlement Administration to work with the writer James Agee on an assignment for Fortunemagazine. They traveled to the Deep South to prepare an article on tenant cotton farming. In Alabama they documented the lives of farmers, including the Fields family. Evans found in this average American household the archetypal portrait of the everyman that he treasured. The straight-forward style of this portrait emphasizes the family's hard life as much as their pride.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Walker Evans: An Alabama Record (April 7 to June 21, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), April 7 to June 21, 1992
In Focus: The Portrait (January 27 to June 14, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 27 to June 14, 2009