Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NYC Vintage: Walker Evans' 'Subway Portrait 16 Women," 1938-1941

American photographer Walker Evans, best known for his iconic images documenting the Great Depression, surreptitiously shot portraits of passengers in the New York subway between 1938 and 1941, riding with a camera concealed under his coat, fitted with a shutter release running inside his sleeve. In 1959, Evans assembled 16 of the images into "Subway Portrait," which in 1966, were exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.