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Photograph - Main Street, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Main Street, Saratoga Springs, New York
    Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975
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Main Street, Saratoga Springs, New York

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    New York (State) (made)

  • Date:

    1931 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Museum number:

    167-1977

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 929, box B

Evans meticulously framed this view of a rainslicked street from the high vantage point of his hotel window. Slicing diagonally through the composition is a series of nearly identical parked cars, their regular forms repeating into the distance. Although the bare-branched trees lining the street contribute to the picture’s formal qualities, the image upholds the photographer’s stated preference for the manufactured over the natural: ‘I am fascinated by man’s work and the civilization he has built’, he said, ‘nature bores me as an art form.’

Physical description

Photograph

Place of Origin

New York (State) (made)

Date

1931 (made)

Artist/maker

Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Dimensions

Width: 33.2 cm, Height: 262 cm

Object history note

Walker Evans is one of the most celebrated American photographers. During the Great Depression of the 1930's, he worked for the American government’s Farm Security Administration programme, and created some of the most potent and memorable images of the era. His documentary style focussed on the details of individual human lives in unforgiving circumstances. "I am for man’s work", he said; "nature bores me as an art form". Evans went on to take pictures of people on the New York subway using a hidden camera, a series on tools and Polaroid images of rural and urban Americana.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Walker Evans, 'Main Street, Saratoga Springs, New York', 1931, gelatin silver print

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Street; Automobile

Categories

Photographs; Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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