The photograph above shows the interior of an Alabama church. An ornately carved organ stands out amid otherwise spartan furnishings; a small sign details the awarding of points for “Attendance”, “Bible Brought” and “Offering”. Walker Evans took the photo in 1936 while travelling in the South with his friend James Agee, who was reporting for Fortune magazine on the lives of tenant farmers. Evans’s unvarnished portraits of labourers, store owners and children became famous as images of a Depression-struck America but he was also preoccupied with institutions – from churches to barber shops. New York’s Museum of Modern Art celebrates the 75th anniversary of Evans’s landmark American Photographs exhibition of 1938 with an installation of 60 prints which runs to January 25.
Suggestions below based on Walker Evans
Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York — ‘Troublingly seductive’
Celebrity outlaws and flashlit murder scenes are drawing the crowds
Paris Photo fair — report
The four-day fair was under way when Friday’s events took place
Photographer Alec Soth: ‘romanticism and realism’ on show at London’s Science Museum
For all their formal sophistication, Soth’s photographs are still about real life in the US
Zoe Leonard: Analogue, Museum of Modern Art, New York — review
Photographs of disappearing New York storefronts fail to tell a story beyond a vague urban pessimism
Sturtevant: Double Trouble, MoMA, New York – review
The question posed by this exhibition of Sturtevant’s meticulous copies of famous works is: why?