That Evans image, which I remember being excited by at age 16 or so (though I was unaware of who made it, or even, I think, that it was a great deal older than I), is also one of my favorites (the one in the introductory series in Bystander -- three men eating -- I also find exceptional (and little-known)).
I used to be fascinated with how contemporary Evans's photos feel, despite the presence of Model T's and so forth. Over the past year or so I've ended up turning the question around in my head, and becoming increasingly convinced that the look of 20th-century modernism and the basic mechanical nature of photography are so tightly bound that it's little wonder than we can find so many Evans and Kertesz and Sander and even 19th century photos that, if not provided with peripheral clues like period objects or materials, could quite believably have been made in the last week.
This one in particular, since it seems to so vividly presage the self-referential and process-referential photography of later years.
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