Walker Evans Catalogue
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Walker Evans
Chronology
1926
Traveled in Europe through 1927, attending lectures at the Sorbonne, Paris, France.
 
1927
Meets Ralph Steiner, who introduces Evans to photographic techniques.
 
1928
Unable to find work in New York City, decided to become a photographer.
 
1929
Meets Lincoln Kirstein, who becomes his mentor and promoter.
 
1930
Walker's photographs are published in Hound and Horn, Architectural Review, and Creative Art, as well as in Hart Crane's poetry volume, The Bridge. He begins to work with a 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 large-format camera.

Participates in group exhibition at the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
1931
Starts on the Victorian Architecture project with Lincoln Kirstein and John Brooks Wheelwright.
 
1932
Visits Tahiti, where he works as a photography for wealthy tourists. While there, uses a movie camera for the first time.
 
1933
Carleton Beals' The Crime of Cuba is published with 31 photographs by Evans.

First solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
 
1934
First story for Fortune magazine - Dwight Macdonald's "The Communist Party", which includes Evans' photographs appears in the September issue. While traveling to Florida on assignment, begins to notice roadside scenes.
 
1935
Began working on the Let Us Now Praise Famous Men collaborative project with James Agee, which brought Evans recognition. At the same time he joins the photographic team in the Farm Security Administration (FSA) headed by Roy Stryker.
 
1937
Leaves the FSA.
 
1938
Major exhibition, "Walker Evans: American Photographs" opens at MOMA's temporary underground gallery in Rockefeller Center, New York.
 
Began taking photos with a hidden camera in New York subways.
 
1943-1945
Worked as a writer for Time magazine.
 
1945
Produced his first color work for Fortune.
 
1945-1965
Worked at Fortune magazine as an associate editor and photographer. Fortune published 42 of his portfolios, (some accompanied by Evans's own text) including "Labor Anonymous," November 1946 and "Chicago: A Camera Exploration," February 1947.
 
1948
A retrospective exhibition is held at the Art Institute of Chicago.
 
Appointed Fortune's Photographic Editor, which allows Evans creative control over his projects.
 
1959
Evans receives his second Guggenheim Fellowship award.
 
1965
Retires from professional photography. Appointed professor of Photography/Graphic Design at Yale University.
 
1968
Receives honorary degree from Williams College. Becomes Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Letters.
 
1971
Major retrospective at MOMA featuring 200 images brings rediscovery of Evans.
 
1972
Artist-in-Residence, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
 
Retires from Yale University, but continues giving traveling workshops.
 
1973
Received Grant from Mark Rothko Foundation.
 
Buys and uses his first Poloroid color camera (SX-70).
 
1974
Receives Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy Institute.
 
1974-1975
Professor emeritus, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
 
1975
Gives a lecture at Radcliffe College in Boston on April 8.
 
1994
The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquires Walker Evans Archive.
 
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