Saturday, August 17, 2013

Making art out of the ordinary

It's only a short feature, but this clip about Walker Evans' book American Photographs left me wanting to know more. It's claimed that Evans - who took the famous portrait of Allie Mae Burroughs during the Great Depression - was instrumental in elevating photography to the status of an art form, insisting that even images of everyday life could (and indeed should) be considered worthy of serious attention. If photojournalism and street photography are indebted to him, then I'm very thankful indeed.

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