Clearly interested in showing the human condition, Walker Evans photographed this assembly of down-and-out men lounging and sleeping in doorways on South Street in lower Manhattan. Their weary bodies are strewn across the lower half of the frame like discarded props on a stage.

The advertisement for the St. George Hotel pool, posted at left and featuring a bathing beauty, was probably not meant to draw in any of these denizens of the street. A keen observer of detail, Evans was aware of the irony that the juxtaposition presented.


  • Title: South Street, New York
  • Creator: Walker Evans
  • Date Created: 1932
  • Physical Dimensions: 14.2 × 16.1 cm (5 5/8 × 6 3/8 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.956.513
  • 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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