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Untitled (Woman's hand with rings)

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Untitled (Woman's hand with rings)

Artist: Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)
Date: October 23, 1974
Medium: dye diffusion print (Polaroid SX-70)
Dimensions:
Support: 4 × 3 in. (10.2 × 7.6 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Virginia Hubbard, 2017
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2017.19
Description
Best known for his influential black-and-white photographs of mid-century American vernacular architecture and signage – as well as the powerful photographs he made in the southern U.S. during his short stint with the Farm Security Administration – Evans began making color pictures with the Polaroid SX-70 camera in 1972 and used it for two years, creating more than 2,400 images. His lifelong love of text, signs, home-made objects, and things that bear evidence of time or heavy use are evident in this piece.
Walker Evans is considered one of the masters of twentieth century photography and his work in the medium continues to exert considerable influence in the field and command high prices. The opportunity to acquire work by Evans is a significant one. The addition of these pieces amplifies the museum’s holding of Evans’ work; speaks directly to the recent acquisition of work by William Christenberry; connects with images of vernacular subjects by Ansel Adams and others; augments the holding of Polaroid prints by Patrick Nagatani and Olivia Parker; and continues to fill out the story of color photography in artmaking in this collection. The work also adds to the museum’s collection of photographs that are unique objects rather than multiples.
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