The exhibition Walker Evans Revisited displays works by the American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975) and 19 photographers from countries including the United States, Australia, France and Germany who elaborate on Walker Evans’s style, choice of subject or “play” with his iconic images. Evans unwaveringly focused on everyday themes and became especially famous for his photographs that depicted American life during the Great Depression in the 1930s.
Evans’s appreciation for the visual possibilities of everyday life was groundbreaking in fine-art photography and made him a pioneer of street photography. Contemporary photographs draw inspiration both from Evans’s idiosyncratic style and choice of subjects and from his way of working. For instance, he never joined a photo agency, and in his commercial work for magazines, he insisted on selecting his photographs himself and on co-designing the magazine spreads. This allowed him to maintain control over his works and their reception.
David Campany is guest curator of the exhibition, which was previously shown in Museum Mannheim during the ‘Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 2020.’