An Unmade Book: Walker Evans’s 1970s Letter Polaroids

Blinder, Caroline. 2023. An Unmade Book: Walker Evans’s 1970s Letter Polaroids. In: Paul Ernest Michael Edwards, ed. The Photobook World: Artists’ Books and Forgotten Social Objects. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 173-183. ISBN 9781526167576 [Book Section]

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The American Photographer Walker Evans, although best known for his images of 1930s and 40s America, was a prolific taker of Polaroids. In the early 1970s, he embarked on a project to put together a book of letters, each taken from locations of vernacular U.S. culture. Although unfinished, the project speaks to Evans' interest in the potential of signage, road markings, and advertising - a new language of things used, commodified, and yet to Evans - intrinsically beautiful.

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1 June 2020Submitted
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