Floyd and Lucille Burroughs, Hale County, Alabama

Object Details

Title:

Floyd and Lucille Burroughs, Hale County, Alabama

Artist/Maker:

Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)

Culture:

American

Date:

1936

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.956.336

Dimensions:

19.1 × 21.4 cm (7 1/2 × 8 7/16 in.)

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Walker Evans captured this informal image of Floyd Burroughs and his daughter Lucille at they sat on their porch in Hale County, Alabama. The man's tattered clothing and their lack of shoes demonstrate the family's economic struggle at the height of the Depression. During a month-long expedition, Evans and the writer James Agee documented the lives of three families of white Southern sharecroppers for an article in Fortunemagazine. Evans photographed the interiors and exteriors of the families' homes, barns, and churches and made many portraits. Their work never appeared in Fortune, but the resulting book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,published in 1941, became a landmark of social journalism.

Provenance
-

Walker Evans, American, 1903 - 1975, sold to Arnold Crane.

- 1984

Arnold Crane, American, 1932 - 2014, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
The Art of Photography: 1839 - 1989 (February 11 to December 23, 1989)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, February 11 to April 30, 1989
  • National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), June 1 to August 1, 1989
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), September 23 to December 23, 1989
Walker Evans: An Alabama Record (April 7 to June 21, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), April 7 to June 21, 1992
The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000 (April 22 to August 22, 1999)
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), April 22 to August 22, 1999
The American Tradition and Walker Evans (July 10 to October 28, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 10 to October 28, 2001
Walker Evans (April 26, 2017 to February 4, 2018)
  • Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), April 26 to August 14, 2017
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco), September 30, 2017 to February 4, 2018
Bibliography

Chéroux, Clément, ed. Walker Evans, exh. cat. (Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2017), p. 155.