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Photo of Allie Mae Burroughs, Wife of a Cotton Sharecropper © Walker Evans 1936

Ten Photography Books You Cannot Read In Texas Prisons

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Find out why photography books by ASMP Legends Edward Weston, Walker Evans and W. Eugene Smith are among those banned in Texas prisons. Cross-posted from Light Stalking [by Jason Row] So, you have a bit of time on your hands. Six to ten years maybe, all spent in the welcoming bosom of the Texas penal system. As a photographer, you will probably not get much chance to do some shooting. Landscapes and street photography are…

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“Cuban girl looking through window bars.” 1933 by Walker Evans

Walker Evans’s Cuba, via Ernest Hemingway

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Cross-posted from The New York Times: Lens Blog [by David Gonzalez] It seems fitting that during Walker Evans’s one-month stay in Havana in 1933 he would befriend Ernest Hemingway. The two shared an appreciation of a spare style that would influence countless others in photography and literature. In fact, Evans entrusted Hemingway with a trove of original prints to ensure they would not be confiscated by the authorities who were violently suppressing popular outrage against…

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Truck and Sign Photograph © Walker Evans

How Walker Evans Changed the Way We See America

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On the occasion of a major museum retrospective, a great overview of a great photographer: ASMP Legend Walker Evans, who helped invent documentary photography — a photographer’s photographer. Cross-posted from Artsy.net [by Meredith Mendelsohn] Back in the 1930s, before the mundane details of daily life were standard art fare, before popular culture became Pop, Walker Evans turned his lens on everyday stuff that most other photographers of his era chose to ignore. “I lean toward…

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Paying It Forward at the Eddie Adams Workshop

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The Eddie Adams Workshop will return to Jeffersonville, N.Y., this weekend. James Estrin recounts the history of the workshop and its founder, ASMP Legend Eddie Adams. Thirty years ago, Tim Rasmussen wore a mullet to the photojournalism version of Woodstock on a small upstate New York farm. He had traveled from his small town in Utah to the Catskill Mountains, to a celebration of photography where he studied with such masters of photojournalism as Mary…

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