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    I got to see a Walker Evans exhibit at the Houston Museum of Fine Art several years ago. They had a lot of images. The images were very well seen the presentation was very poor. Walker was not a very accomplished printer in my way of thinking. Sorta Photo 102. But it was nice to see the images.

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    Mmm...probably one of my (many) favorites of his is "The Breakfast Room, Belle Grove Plantation". Just something about the south, plantation homes and a simple, southern girls heart.

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    Struan,
    Don't mean to 'nit-pick', but the image you reference in your post was not by Walker Evans, rather Dorthea Lange. You can see that image here:

    Damaged by Dorthea Lange

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Mitchell
    ...with a large cross in the foreground, row houses in the mid ground, and steel mills in the distance.
    If you are ever in Bethlehem, PA., go to the spot where Walker made this shot. It is very easy to find and was somewhat of a religious experience for me! You park on a little side street, walk about 10 paces up the hill into the cemetery, look left and there it is. I probably parked in the same spot as he did. Hardly a thing has changed aside from the demolition of most of the blast furnaces in the background. It reminds me of that Weston quote, "If it is more than 500 feet from the car, there's not a picture."

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee
    Walker was not a very accomplished printer in my way of thinking.
    This is unfortunately true, but some of his vintage prints shine as well. I don't believe he was a very patient man in the darkroom, but passionate about shooting. A friend has several of his vintage prints and a couple are downright atrocious. Uneven fading and blotchiness I would equate with poor fixation and/or washing. Such a shame.

    I still love the guy though!

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    I stand corrected (thank you, Annie). Didn't realize that Walker had a 'Damaged' too. Learn something new everyday.

    http://www.yanceyrichardsongallery.c...=5&work_id=605

    Sorry 'bout that Struan.

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    No worries. I didn't know the Lange 'Damaged', so thanks for that.

    As it happens, my second choice turned out to be by Strand when I looked it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorothy Blum Cooper
    I stand corrected (thank you, Annie). Didn't realize that Walker had a 'Damaged' too. Learn something new everyday.

    http://www.yanceyrichardsongallery.c...=5&work_id=605

    Sorry 'bout that Struan.
    I think that Lang titled her image "Damaged Child."

    Struan, what was your second Walker Evans choice (by Paul Strand)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billschwab
    Evans is one of my favorites, but if I could own 1 image, it would have to be the Saratoga street scene done out his hotel window in the rain.
    I'll second that. I don't know why, but the first time I saw that print (at an exhibition in San Francisco years ago), I was mezmerized.

    The composition is so darned simple. Maybe that's the secret of its charm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Nisperos
    I'll second that. I don't know why, but the first time I saw that print (at an exhibition in San Francisco years ago), I was mezmerized.

    The composition is so darned simple. Maybe that's the secret of its charm?
    Interesting story about that particular image. It was taken from Evans hotel room balcony. He was in Saratoga with Lincoln Kirsten who spotted the image and made Evans get out of bed, set up his camera, and take the picture.

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