The J. Paul Getty Museum

Second Avenue Lunch/ Posed Portraits, New York

Object Details

Title:

Second Avenue Lunch/ Posed Portraits, New York

Artist/Maker:

Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)

Culture:

American

Date:

about 1933

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.956.439

Dimensions:

18.3 × 14.9 cm (7 3/16 × 5 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

Taking a cigarette break from the grill, this short-order cook leans with his arm around a seated man also having a smoke just outside the diner. Both men look directly at Walker Evans in a rare posed portrait from Evans's body of work. Though their particular relationship is unknown, they greet the photographer with an easy candor and self-awareness. The sign above their heads, ever present in Evans's photographs, advertises the day's menu choices, all variations on a theme.

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
  • Museum Folkwang (Essen), February 6 to April 2, 2000
Documentary and Anti-Graphic Photography (September 7, 2004 to April 10, 2005)
  • Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (Paris), September 7 to December 22, 2004
  • Musée de l'Elysée (Lausanne), February 10 to April 10, 2005
Bibliography
Bibliography

Walker Evans: New York, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1998), fig. 1.