Walker EVANS, What, no garters? (Chicago) Enlarge 1 /1

Walker EVANS

United States of America 1903 – 1975

What, no garters? (Chicago) 1946 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 18.5 h x 16.8 w cm sheet 35.4 h x 27.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.4249

I go into the street for the education of my eye and for the sustenance that the eye needs—the hungry eye, and my eye is hungry.  Walker Evans


Evans was an artist seemingly full of contradictions. He felt at odds with the bourgeois and conservative attitudes of middle class America yet was never truly comfortable with the New York or Parisian avant-garde to which he was drawn.He was somehow able to forge from these inconsistencies, a unique, hugely influential and inspiringphotographic vision that was utterly classical but devoid of cliché or pretention.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra