Fragments of the Future: Walker Evans’s Polaroids

Blinder, Caroline. 2016. Fragments of the Future: Walker Evans’s Polaroids. In: Catherine Gander and Sarah Garland, eds. Mixed Messages: American Correspondences in Visual and Verbal Practices. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-1-5261-0180-8 [Book Section]

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Article on a series of polaroids by the American Photographer Walker Evans from 1974. The article argues for a reading of Evans' work as symptomatic of modernism's continued influence by Schlegel's concept of the fragment. By comparing Evans' late polaroids with his earlier interest in signage and the vernacular it sees a romantic impulse as running through his use of documentary aesthetics.

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April 2016Accepted
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