Catalogue of the Collection


Walker Evans: Catalogue of the Collection

Judith Keller


416 pages

PDF file size: 258 MB


Walker Evans is widely recognized as one of the greatest American photographers of the twentieth century, and the J. Paul Getty Museum owns one of the most comprehensive collections of his work, including more of his vintage prints than any other museum in the world. This lavishly illustrated volume brings together for the first time all of the Museum’s Walker Evans holdings.

Included here are familiar images—such as Evans’s photographs of tenant farmers and their families, made in the 1930s and later published in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men—and images that are much less familiar—such as the photographs Evans made in the 1940s of the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers circus, or his very late Polaroids, made in the 1970s. In addition, many previously unpublished Evans photographs, and variant croppings of classic images, appear here for the first time.

Author Judith Keller has written a lively, informative text that places these photographs in the larger context of Evans’s life and career and the culture—especially the popular culture—of the time. In so doing, she has produced an indispensible volume for anyone interested in the history of photography or American culture in the twentieth century.

Also included is the most comprehensive bibliography on Walker Evans published to date.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    John Walsh
  • Preface and Acknowledgments
    Judith Keller
  • Notes to the Reader Stamps and Labels List of Abbreviations
  • Walker Evans: A Chronology
  • 1926–1934
    • Circa 1930: New York and New England
    • Cuba
  • 1935–1938
    • African Negro Art
    • American Photographs: Evans in Middletown
  • 1938–1941
    • The Making of Many Are Called
    • The Wheaton College Commission
    • On the West Coast of Florida
  • 1941–1955
    • At Fortune
    • Faulkner Country
  • 1958–1974
    • The Polaroids and Other Work
  • Appendixes
    • A. Walker Evans Ephemera in the Getty Collection
    • B. American Photographs and the Getty Collection
    • C. Selected One-Person and Group Exhibitions
  • A Selected Walker Evans Bibliography
  • Index

About the Authors

Judith Keller is Associate Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Press Reviews and Awards

  • “Everything … a scholar or connoisseur would want to learn can be found here.” —New York Times Book Review
  • “Every library with collections on the history of photography or contemporary photography should acquire this book; it cannot be recommended too highly.” —Library Journal