Cityscape with "Stepped" Building
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Walker Evans
American, New York City, about 1928 - 1929
Gelatin silver print
3 1/16 x 2 3/16 in.

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Manhattan in the 1920s was a dynamically changing landscape that embodied the term Modernism at every turn. Photographers sought to capture that energy and spirit by focusing on the architectural activity that was daily transforming the New York skyline and setting a precedent for the rest of the world to emulate. In this view, Walker Evans eliminated any reference to sky or horizon by pointing his camera down upon the towering structures, suggesting that he occupied an even loftier perch in some even higher building.