The J. Paul Getty Museum

6th Avenue

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6th Avenue


Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)






Gelatin silver print

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12.1 × 18.6 cm (4 3/4 × 7 5/16 in.)

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Object Description

This photograph was first published in 1930 in a portfolio of Walker Evans's work, "New York City," in Hound and Horn, Lincoln Kirstein's literary journal at Harvard University. As the first plate, titled simply Sixth Avenue, it was an anonymous image of a pedestrian caught by chance in the midst of city traffic.

Evans favored this sort of street portrait throughout his career. He brazenly closed in on this stranger, whose weary face is framed in an abundant fur collar. Evans's goal was to record a glimpse of random faces against the chaos of crowds, automobiles, and mass transit. In this view, the entrance to the elevated train dominates the right edge of the picture.

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
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier Bresson and Walker Evans (November 13, 2002 to March 2, 2003)
  • Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), November 13, 2002 to March 2, 2003
Photograph America (September 8 to December 20, 2008)
  • Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (Paris), September 8 to December 20, 2008