Walker Evans – England, 1973
6 October 2006
Photographs of the little-known late chapter in the life of the great American photographer Walker Evans.
This exhibition ran between 6th October – 26th November 2006
This Photoworks exhibition brings together for the first time a series of photographs that reveal a little-known late chapter in the life of the great American photographer Walker Evans. Drawn from the Walker Evans Archive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, most of these pictures have never been seen in the UK before. They record Evans’s visit to England in 1973, just two years before his death, when he stayed with friends in Sussex.
The photographs, presented in the exhibition as a projected sequence, are essentially an intimate personal travelogue, showing Evans’s easing his way back into photography after a near-fatal operation the previous year. He recorded his friends and the places he visited, including Brighton Pavilion and the Palace Pier. And among these images are emphatic reminders of his peerless vision and his unwavering interest in vernacular form and surface: in architecture and signage, and in objects bearing the traces of age and use. The photographs are also a celebration of Evans’s life-long regard for all things English.
Accompanying this domestic scale screening, with its sense of a glimpse into Evans’s private world, are books, magazines and ephemera that contextualise this later work, including photographs made for the American Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and original 1950s editions of Fortune Magazinethat reveal Evans’ little known but remarkable colour photography.A Photoworks Exhibition in association with the Brighton Photo Biennial 2006 and the Gardner Arts Centre.