Female Pedestrian, New York
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Walker Evans
American, New York City, 1929 - 1931
Gelatin silver print
5 11/16 x 6 9/16 in.

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Anonymous and fleeting, this photograph zooms in close on a woman in round glasses clutching folded newspapers under her arm. Made on the street in New York, it epitomizes Walker Evans's preferred style of urban portraiture. With the top of her head slightly cut off and her upper body caught at an askew angle, the elderly subject in her polka-dotted dress and beads blends into the jumbled visual landscape of advertisements for eggs and tennis rackets. The arched strain of her neck as she glances away mimics the tension of city living.