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City Lunch Counter

Walker Evans

(St. Louis, Missouri, 1903 - 1975, New Haven, Connecticut)

1929

Gelatin silver print

5 in. x 7 1/4 in. (12.7 cm x 18.42 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. Blake McDowell, Jr.

1980.35

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Influenced by Atget, Evans’s early New York scenes focus not on the city’s grandeur but instead on ordinary people and activities. The informality and stop-action nature of this snapshot-like image suggest the city’s hectic pace and helped lay a foundation for later “street photographers” such as Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand.

Keywords
Black and White
Documentary
Food
Gelatin Silver
Male
United States