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Walker Evans at Fortune Magazine, 1934-47  

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Eight issues of 1930's & 1940's Fortune Magazine all featuring photographs by Walker Evans

Luce, Henry, editor

New York

Fortune Magazine



8 issues. 35.6x28.5 cm (14x11¼").

Between 1934 and 1965, Evans contributed more than 400 photographs to 45 articles published in Fortune magazine. He worked at the deluxe magazine as Special Photographic Editor from 1945 to 1965 and not only conceived of the portfolios, executed the photographs, and designed the page layouts, but also wrote the accompanying texts. His topics were executed with both black-and-white and color materials and included railroad company insignias, common tools, old summer resort hotels, and views of America from the train window. Using the standard journalistic picture-story format, Evans combined his interest in words and pictures and created a multidisciplinary narrative of unusually high quality. Classics of a neglected genre, these self-assigned essays were Evans métier for twenty years.

Comprising issues: 

  • September 1934. Volume XXXI. 6 Evans photographs in an article entitled The Communist Party. His first appearance in Fortune Magazine. With an additional cover to this issue. (Moderate dampstaining and ripple to leaves).
  • September 1937. Volume XXXIV. 19 Evans photographs in James Agee article entitled Havana Cruise: Six Days at Sea.
  • September 1941. Volume XXVIII. 18 Evans photographs for an article entitled In Bridgeport's War Factories. (Light dampstaining).
  • March 1946. Volume XXXIV. 6 Evans photographs for an article entitled Adventures of Henry and Joe in Autoland.
  • November 1946. Volume XXXIV. 11 Evans photographs for an article entitled Labor Anonymous.
  • February 1947. Volume XXXV. 20 Evans photographs for an article entitled Chicago: A Camera Exploration.
  • May 1947. Volume XXXV. 20 Evans photographs for an article entitled Chicago: A Camera Exploration.
  • August 1947. Volume XXXV. 10 Evans photographs for an article entitled One Newspaper Town.

Lot Amendments

Some dampstaining, rubbing and creases, occasional toning, a few tears; generally very good.

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