I received the email below from friend Sarah Lewis after she visited the Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960 (through October 19, 2008 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City). And while I am not in New York myself to see the exhibition, my entire body of work has been very influenced by the photographs of Walker Evans (along with others from this era) and particularly his work with John Agee in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
I love the text below. Here is Sarah’s email:
I am sure you heard of the photographer Walker Evans…!?
“Watching Allie Mae Burroughs work with a simple broom kept in the kitchen corner, Agee mused that everything in the house might be licked with the tongue and made scarcely cleaner.
Evans photographs of the tenant farmers’ tidy kitchen are distilled essences of domesticity. “
From the MET photo exhibit,
“Kitchen Corner, Tenant Farmhouse, Hale County, Alabama, 1936.”
And his predecessor, Sherrie Levine, “After Walker Evans.”
…I think of you no less than every other day…
Learn more about the exhibition here and start your own discussion about the role of the historical in contemporary work: