5.21.2009

Walker Evans for Fortune




We’re in the middle of commissioning a story here and like a bolt of lightning I remembered one of the most precious pieces of photographic journalism – Walker Evan’s story for Fortune magazine July 1955 on the beauties of the common tool.
There are countless essays on these photographs, its meaning and significance. I admire them for the questions they ask, who uses these tools, what are they are used for, why are they significant? These objects have been taken out of their everyday contexts - suddenly they are presented with such austerity, that they've take on a particular significance, suddenly they are special, important and beautiful. Perhaps these photographs were a metaphor for the social or economic or political class system. I suppose they could be interpreted in many number of ways - one thing that struck me was how stunning they look – something truly special I think.



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stop posting so often. I can't keep up.

de gast - pintje said...

Any chance of some high res versions of these shots.

Putting together a home workshop and these would look great framed.

Thanks

Mark said...

not a very interesting find this - It would be best if you only posted when you have something to show - that way this blog would be great.

jaypeg said...

Oh but Mark, the premise of the blog is not to show what is new or current or never seen before, merely something which is nice to look at. No one can argue that it is not nice to look at.

letterpreston said...

I enjoyed looking. Thanks, and keep posting often, your quantity makes me jealous.