American Photographs. New York: The Museum of Modern Art (1938).
Original black cloth, original dust-jacket. $2100.
Photographs revealed the terrible gulf between what Americans tell
themselves they are and what they know they are, and at the same time
opened a fissure within photography between 'artistic' and documentary
practice. When Ansel Adams saw (who was born the same year as Evans,
1903) American Photographs, he wrote to Edward Weston, complaining that
'Walker Evans's book gives me a hernia. I am so goddamn mad over what
people from the left tier think America is.'" Roth, The Book
of 101 Books.
of Evans' first major work. Issued in a run of just 5000, very few
copies have survived with the original dustjacket intact. This
copy with the original dustjacket and the front portion of the original
publisher's band (the back of which is not present). One of the
truly iconic American photography works of the 20th century. Book
fine, dust-jacket near fine with minor wear to extremities. Front
wrapper unevenly toned under publisher's band.