South Street, New York

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South Street, New York


Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)






Gelatin silver print


14.2 x 16.1 cm (5 5/8 x 6 3/8 in.)

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Clearly interested in showing the human condition, Walker Evans photographed this assembly of down-and-out men lounging and sleeping in doorways on South Street in lower Manhattan. Their weary bodies are strewn across the lower half of the frame like discarded props on a stage.

The advertisement for the St. George Hotel pool, posted at left and featuring a bathing beauty, was probably not meant to draw in any of these denizens of the street. A keen observer of detail, Evans was aware of the irony that the juxtaposition presented.

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, 2008 to December 20, 2008)
  • Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (Paris), September 8 to December 20, 2008

Bussard, Katherine A. Unfamiliar Streets. The Photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip-Lorca Dicorcia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014), p. 114.