Walker Evans photographs, EEPA 1985-010, 1935

Summary
Collection ID:
EEPA.1985-010
Creators:
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975
Dates:
1935
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
225 photographic prints
silver gelatin (3 boxes)
black & white
8 x 10 in.
Repository:
Peoples and kingdoms whose art works are shown include the Asante, Baule, Benin, Boki, Dogon, Fang (Pahouin), Ijo, Kuba, Lumbu, Mama, Mende, Mpongwe, Punu and Yoruba. Objects depicted include garments, doors, fly whisks, gold weights, headrests, jewelry, masks, musical instrument such as bells and rhythym pounders, power figures, pipes, staff finials, stools and wood sculptures of men and women.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Walker Evans, 1903-1975, photographer and educator. Studied at Williams College in 1923 and the Sorbonne in Paris in 1926, worked as a photographer for the Farm Security administration from 1935 to 1937, worked as a contributing editor to Time magazine from 1943 to 1945, and served as an associate editor and staff photographer at Fortune magazine from 1946 to 1965. Mr. Evans also taught graphic arts at Yale University and served as artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College.

General note
General note
Images indexed by negative number.

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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Conditions Governing Access note
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Photographs assembled in a portfolio entitled, "African Negro Art: Photographs by Walker Evans," in conjunction with the exhibit entitled, "African Negro Art," held at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City in 1935. The images have been published in the following books: Paul Radin's African Folktakes & Sculpture (New York: Pantheon Books, 1952), James Johnson Sweeney's African Sculpture (Princeton University Press, 1970), James Johnson Sweeney's African Negro Art (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1935), and Virginia-Lee Webb's Perfect Documents: Walker Evans and African Art, 1935 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000). Donated by Dr. Samuel Stern, 1985.

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Fang (West African people) Cultural_context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 708
Washington, DC 20013-7012
elisofonarchives@si.edu
http://africa.si.edu/collection/eliot-elisofon-photographic-archives/