Untitled (Burroughs Family Cabin, Hale County, Alabama)

Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 75)

undated. Oil on canvas, 9 7/16 x 6". 1991.014.022

Walker Evans, one of the very influential photographers of the twentieth century, radically expanded the possibilities of photography as an art form. As a photographer for the Farm Security Administration from 1935 to 1938, Evans documented the rural poverty of the Great Depression. In the summer of 1936, Evans collaborated with writer James Agee on Now Let Us Praise Famous Men (1941), an account of Alabama sharecropper families. This photograph from that project shows the washbasin and meticulously clean dining area of the Burroughs home. The careful composition of vertical and horizontal elements is exemplary of Evans’s classic style.

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