Second Avenue Lunch/ Posed Portraits, New York

Walker Evansabout 1933

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Taking a cigarette break from the grill, this short-order cook leans with his arm around a seated man also having a smoke just outside the diner. Both men look directly at Walker Evans in a rare posed portrait from Evans's body of work. Though their particular relationship is unknown, they greet the photographer with an easy candor and self-awareness. The sign above their heads, ever present in Evans's photographs, advertises the day's menu choices, all variations on a theme.


  • Title: Second Avenue Lunch/ Posed Portraits, New York
  • Creator: Walker Evans
  • Date Created: about 1933
  • Physical Dimensions: 18.3 × 14.9 cm (7 3/16 × 5 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.956.439
  • 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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