Evans, Walker (Photographer); Rosenheim, Jeff L.; Hambourg, Maria; Fineman, Mia & Eklund, Doug. WALKER EVANS: THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITION MONOGRAPH. New York City, NY: Metropolitan Museum Of Art/Princeton University Press, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 318 pages. Fine/Fine.

Exhibition Monograph. One of the best books of the photographic art of Walker Evans. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Bruce Campbell: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Walker Evans. Essays by Maria Morris Hambourg, Jeff L. Rosenheim, Doug Eklund, and Mia Fineman. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Madrid, Spain to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the major retrospective exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York in 2000. Presents "Walker Evans". "The best book on the photographer and his images" (Library Journal). Images, now icons, of national identity that have shaped Americans' views of themselves, and influenced important currents of modern art: "A tenant farmer's deprivation-lined face. Antebellum homes that have seen better days. The display windows of small-town main streets. The early subway commuter. Billboards. The full range of Evans' work, from his 1920's black-and-white street scenes of anonymous urban dwellers to the color photographs of signs and letter forms from his final years. Soon after he returned from Paris to New York City in 1927, Evans began contributing to the development of American photography. He captured the substance of people and buildings with a spare elegance that is utterly unpretentious. His gaze is serious, but often amused as well, direct yet never simple. The time that he and writer James Agee spent with Alabama sharecropper families yielded an evocative, honest record of The Great Depression, published as 'Let Us Now Praise Famous Men' (1941). Evans then turned his lens back on New Yorkers, photographing subway riders with a camera hidden in his coat, in 'Many Are Called'. Evans always chose art over what he criticized as artiness. Offers insights into the sources and legacy of Evans' work" (Publisher's blurb). "Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts. He is a voyeur by nature. He is also reporter, tinkerer, and spy" (Walker Evans). An absolute "must-have" title for Walker Evans collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 200 tritone and color plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 0691050783. $80.00

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