A Walker Evans Photograph
The work of Walker Evans is probably the zenith of Modern photography (at least in North America) and he is certainly one of the most important U.S. photographers of the 20th Century.
As mentioned elsewhere, his photographs are "beautiful, as long as you understand that beautiful is the wrong word. Evans was always trying to get at truth. Not all truth, just the limited subset of it he could show". Another writer commented that his subway portraits were the first true example of the sublime in twentieth century American art.
Evans often seems sadly unnoticed by many photographers today, even when what they are doing is often influenced by him - though they don't always realise it.
Here's one of his photographs to think about and comment on (picking one is almost impossible... and the one I really wanted could only be found very small online - see next post)