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Penny Picture Display, Savannah / Photographer's Window Display, Birmingham, Alabama / Studio Portraits, Birmingham, Alabama

Walker Evans1936

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The only reason this photograph has any value is, an instinct is touched in it. . . . It's uproariously funny, and very touching and very sad and very human. Documentary, very real, very complex. All these people had posed in front of the local studio camera, and I bring my camera, and they all pose again together for me. That's a fabulous fact.

Walker Evans was in the South a number of times during the 1930s. While in Savannah, he photographed this photo-studio shop front. Storefronts remained a consistent theme in Evans's work, but this image spoke to him in a particularly poignant way. Young women, servicemen, professionals, couples, children, sisters, and a father and his daughter fill the window, all tightly arranged. These were the subjects Evans sought: not celebrities in highly decorated studios but everyday people.

Details

  • Title: Penny Picture Display, Savannah / Photographer's Window Display, Birmingham, Alabama / Studio Portraits, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Creator: Walker Evans
  • Date Created: 1936
  • Physical Dimensions: 25.6 × 19.9 cm (10 1/16 × 7 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XM.956.477
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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