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Walker Evans
FACES, PENNSYLVANIA TOWN (JOHNSTOWN)
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 389,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
38
Walker Evans
FACES, PENNSYLVANIA TOWN (JOHNSTOWN)
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 389,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Walker Evans
1903-1975
FACES, PENNSYLVANIA TOWN (JOHNSTOWN)
flush-mounted, mounted again to a sheet of loose-leaf paper, signed in pencil and with 'Part One #3 Faces, Pennsylvania Town 1936' and numerical notations in ink and pencil on the secondary mount, 1935
5 1/2  by 7 1/2  in. (14 by 19.1 cm.)
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Provenance

Christie's New York, 4 October 2001, Sale 9754, Lot 13

Literature

Walker Evans, American Photographs (The Museum of Modern Art, 1988 edition), Part One, pl. 3

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

Catalogue Note

The print offered here of Faces, Pennsylvania Town (Johnstown), is on the original, hole-punched, loose-leaf mount that Evans used in a maquette for his landmark monograph, American Photographs.  Originally published in 1938 by The Museum of Modern Art, in conjunction with Evans’s first major museum exhibition, American Photographs remains a definitive pictorial survey of America in the wake of the Great Depression.    

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.

175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation

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New York