Why Is Walker Evans Important In The Great Depression

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You’ve seen pictures of The Great Depression before, but do you know who actually took them? That’s simple, it was Walker Evans. Walker Evans was born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 3, 1903 and died on April 10, 1975. Growing up, Evans always had an interest in arts like drawing and taking pictures. He would like taking pictures of his family and friends on his first camera, a small Kodak camera. Walker Evans is best known for capturing the effects of The Great Depression, his creative way of thinking, and co-authoring and illustrating an article. Walker Evans was incredibly influential during the time of The Great Depression and his work still inspires today. At first, Evans was thought that the people should have it worse than they already …show more content…
He especially said he wanted to be the one to deliver the worse to them. In a journal entry he claimed, “‘I am a Fascisti and I think the human race should be kicked around a great deal more than it is, and that I should do the kicking.’”(Walsh). Evans had simply never seen how bad they really had it. Also, when he actually did go see how the people were living, he slowly started to realise he was wrong and that they had it worse than they deserved. Some people also argue that his photographs have no character or uniqueness about them. They think that he simply takes pictures of people and garbage. They don’t see his real point and they don’t see things the way he does. What he was trying to show was destruction and how badly things were going in the world. He wanted people to see what was really going on. Walker Evans had the most original way of thinking, wrote a book with one of his closest friends, and saw the Great Depression in a way most people couldn’t. This man’s picture helped shape how most Americans see things today. It is such a shame that he isn’t in the Missouri hall of fame. Help vote him into the Missouri hall of fame because everyone needs to see his work and maybe change the way they see things,

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