WILLIAM EDWARD (BUD) FIELDS, A COTTON SHARECROPPER, HALE COUNTY, ALABAMA, SUMMER 1936
flush-mounted, signed, '2-17,' 'No Number Evans' and with annotations in pencil and the photographer's name stamp (Keller C) on the reverse, framed, 1935 (FSA 324; Keller 545)
5¾ by 7⅛ in. (14.6 by 18.1 cm.)
This early print, with a smooth semi-glossy surface and neutral tonality, is in very good condition. It is trimmed to the image and there is minute wear along the lower right and upper edges. There is a small eraser-head sized spot of warm-toned discoloration in the sitter's neck. Upon close examination under high raking light the following are visible: a pinpoint-sized impression that does not break the emulsion in the lower right quadrant; small deposits of original retouching in the upper left and upper right quadrants; a 1-1/2-inch hairline scratch over the sitter's left eye; and faint rubbing with no emulsion loss near the right edge.
On the reverse, there is a small circular label with '19' in pencil. 'No Number Evans' is written in an unidentified hand and crossed out. There is insignificant soiling.
When examined under ultraviolet light, this photograph does not appear to fluoresce.
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By descent to the present owner
The annotation 'No Number Evans' on the reverse of this print provides fascinating insight into its early history. Three Evans photographs in the Getty collection are similarly annotated and, as Judith Keller discusses in Walker Evans: The Getty Museum Collection (1995), these photographs were likely loaned to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in consideration for Evans' 1938 exhibition American Photographs and its subsequent circulating iteration. While some of the 100 prints exhibited at MoMA were also included in the pared down traveling exhibition, various eliminations and substitutions were made.