Gilles Mora and John T. Hill, Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye (New York, 1993), pp. 137 and 178
Jeff Rosenheim, Maria Morris Hambourg, Douglas Eklund, and Mia Fineman, Walker Evans (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000), pl. 51
Tod Papageorge, Walker Evans and Robert Frank: An Essay on Influence (Yale University Art Gallery, 1977), p. 54
David Campany, Walker Evans: The Magazine Work (Göttingen, 2014), p. 25
Although dated 1936 in American Photographs and on the present mount, this photograph was likely taken in the fall of 1935. In July and November of that year, Evans, newly hired by the Resettlement Administration, traveled through the industrial towns of Pennsylvania, among them Johnstown, a small town 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. Although a number of his photographs for the Resettlement Administration and Farm Security Administration were taken with a view camera, the present image is an enlargement from 35mm film, the format Evans often used when photographing people. The 35mm film negative for the image offered here is now in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Faces, Pennsylvania Town, was included in both the exhibition and the book of American Photographs. It appears early in the sequencing of Part One, immediately following the famous License Photo Studios and the Penny Picture Display. Many of the prints from Evans’s American Photographs maquette, similarly-mounted and captioned, are owned by the J. Paul Getty Museum, formerly in the collection of Arnold Crane, with several others at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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