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Many are called (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Walker Evans

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Between 1936 and 1941 Walker Evans and James Agee collaborated on one of the most provocative books in American literature, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941). While at work on this book, the two also conceived another less well-known but equally important book project entitled Many Are Called. This three-year photographic study of subway passengers made with a hidden camera was first published in 1966, with an introduction written by Agee in 1940. Long out of print, Many Are Called is now being reissued with a new foreword and afterword and with exquisitely reproduced images from newly prepared digital scans. Many Are Called came to fruition at a slow pace. In 1938, Walker Evans began surreptitiously photographing people on the New York City subway. With his camera hidden in his coat--the lens peeking through a buttonhole--he captured the faces of riders hurtling through the dark tunnels, wrapped in their own private thoughts. By 1940-41, Evans had made over six hundred photographs and had begun to edit the series. The book remained unpublished until 1966 when The Museum of Modern Art mounted an exhibition of Evans’s subway portraits. This beautiful new edition--published in the centenary year of the NYC subway--is an essential book for all admirers of Evans’s unparalleled photographs, Agee’s elegant prose, and the great City of New York.… (more)
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Info:New Haven : New York : Yale University Press ; Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004
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These photographs of New York City subway riders, made in the late 1930's and early 1940's show the blank preoccupation of people trapped between places, with little to help pass time except, in few cases, a newspaper, or conversation. This contrasts with contemporary subway passengers in, say, London, or those riding the Bart in San Francisco where most are preoccupied with electronic devices, or interaction with their neighbor, although you can still find the kind pf blankness that dominates Evan's book. Was it the nature of what he way, or the choices he made shooting, or editing that give his work it's dominate visual nature and mood? Method, stealthy observations with the 35mm in dim overhead light, rather than elegant graphic structions of Evan's famous work, dominate this project.
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Between 1936 and 1941 Walker Evans and James Agee collaborated on one of the most provocative books in American literature, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941). While at work on this book, the two also conceived another less well-known but equally important book project entitled Many Are Called. This three-year photographic study of subway passengers made with a hidden camera was first published in 1966, with an introduction written by Agee in 1940. Long out of print, Many Are Called is now being reissued with a new foreword and afterword and with exquisitely reproduced images from newly prepared digital scans. Many Are Called came to fruition at a slow pace. In 1938, Walker Evans began surreptitiously photographing people on the New York City subway. With his camera hidden in his coat--the lens peeking through a buttonhole--he captured the faces of riders hurtling through the dark tunnels, wrapped in their own private thoughts. By 1940-41, Evans had made over six hundred photographs and had begun to edit the series. The book remained unpublished until 1966 when The Museum of Modern Art mounted an exhibition of Evans’s subway portraits. This beautiful new edition--published in the centenary year of the NYC subway--is an essential book for all admirers of Evans’s unparalleled photographs, Agee’s elegant prose, and the great City of New York.

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