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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 12. Walker Evans (1903–1975)

Walker Evans grew up in a well-to-do Chicago suburb until his parents split up, at which time he moved to New York. He wasn’t supposed to become a photographer, but instead was expected to garner a professional position in which the financial rewards were handsome. Evans wouldn’t have all that. At first he wanted to become a writer. After he decided to become a photographer, he came to the conclusion that what was popular in photography—artistic and commercial prints—wasn’t what he wanted to photograph.

As a photographer, Evans traveled to Cuba to provide photographs for the book The Crime of Cuba. He then went on to become a photographer for the United States government’s Farm Security Administration, a program ...

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