Walker Evans Cuba

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A new book is available in conjunction with J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition on the work of Walker Evans and of his time in Cuba, rubbing shoulders with Ernest Hemingway. Best known for his work at the time of Great Depression and often credited with depicting subjects through his viewfinder an objective and simple way. I think if you take the time to look through the simplicity, you understand the complexity of his photographs.

In this photograph from the Cuba book, I like the straight on documentary style of the image, but also the repeat framing of shapes in the billboard posters and columns and the ‘reflection’ of the straw-boated men in the same patient pose. Similar in style to his other ‘store front’ images, the viewer is offered so much detail to enjoy.

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