Walker Evans at SFMOMA

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by Norma Desmond, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. If you're in the SF Bay Area (or really anywhere on the West Coast and can travel), I highly recommend the Walker Evans retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, here through February 4, 2018 and not scheduled to be on view anywhere else in the States.

    It's an extensive exhibit whose theme is cultural vernacular, a visual language of everyday life.

    As humble and plainspoken a take on things Walker shows in his photography, seeing the prints together and seeing them among some of his own collected mementos of the times, one gains an enormous appreciation of his visual acumen both in spotting cultural artifacts and in visualizing them in such a historically narrative and also personal way. All the while, his people come alive in their environments and among their "things."

    SFMOMA just reopened in a much-expanded space, is designed beautifully, and houses a very rich collection, so leave plenty of time (or another day) to see the rest of the museum as well.

  2. I saw the retrospective at the Pompidou in Paris. It was amazing to see all his prints in the flesh. It made me feel both inspired and kinda insignificant as a photographer.

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