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Walker Evans: The Magazine Work

Walker Evans: The Magazine Work

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  • Wed 31 Aug ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 1 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 2 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 3 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 4 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 6 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 7 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 8 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 9 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 10 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 11 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 13 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 14 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 15 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 16 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 17 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 18 Sep ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm
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Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Gate 3, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Adam Art Gallery

Walker Evans (1903-1975) remains one of the most important and influential photographers in the history of the medium. His career spanned the emergence of the modern mass media in the 1920s to the full acceptance of photography as an art form in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of Evans’s individual images have become landmarks both of photography and the social history of that era.

This exhibition takes a different look at Evans, placing the emphasis on his printed pages, and in particular his work for American magazines. Evans began to publish in 1929 and soon found ways to set his own assignments, write the accompanying words and design his layouts.

Working in both black and white and colour for nearly four decades, Evans used the popular magazine page to produce a resistant counter-commentary on American society and its values. Where the mass media enjoyed celebrity culture, Evans photographed anonymous citizens. Where the mass media promoted consumerism, Evans valued enduring objects and the persistence of the past in the present. His subjects included automobile junkyards, graffiti, shop window displays and postcards. These photo essays were often subtly at odds with the editorial line of the magazines that published them—notably Fortune, America’s prime magazine of big business and industry.

Evans was a pioneer of modern photography but on the magazine page we can see his understanding of context; the meanings of his images are shaped by editing, writing, and design. Experimental and yet classical, these photo-essays have been overlooked until recently.

Walker Evans: The Magazine Work has been presented in several important venues globally, including MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kracow, Poland, and the Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy. This is its exclusive New Zealand presentation.

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