Exhibition of Famous Depression Era Photographer Walker Evans Opens at the Fenimore Art Museum July 18

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— Fenimore Art Museum is pleased to announce an exhibition of classic Walker Evans images that highlight the historical importance and influence of Evans’ work on the history of photography and art.  Walker Evans: Carbon and Silver opens July 18 and runs through December 31, 2009. 
Having emerged as one of the most talented photographers of the government sponsored Farm Security Administration, Walker Evans’ detailed observations remain some of the most powerful testaments of the Great Depression. Through his passion to document even the minutest details of American life, he was able to accurately reflect the spirit of the people and places he photographed. Evans’ work during his time with the FSA is widely credited with influencing the development of the history of American photography.
Walker Evans was the first photographer to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1938. His work is in many of the most prestigious national and international museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, among others.
This exhibition presents a new perspective on Evans' iconic work by comparing his original gelatin silver prints with large-scale contemporary ink-jet prints.  The precision of digital technology faithfully translates Evans's drive for clarity in presenting information rather than creating stylized fine art prints. Walker Evans: Carbon and Silver is curated by John T. Hill, who taught with Evans at the Yale School of Art and who was the executor of Evans' estate.
This exhibition is made possible in part by The Lisette Model Foundation and The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
A variety of public programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition and will be featured on the Museum’s website at www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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Publication Date: 
June 2009