Photographing America 1929-1947–Edited by Jean-Francais Chevrier

Photographing America 1929-1947 – Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans; Jean-Francais Chevrier (Editor), Thames & Hudson, London, 2009.

I borrowed this book from my local library – it draws a parallel between the work about America by Evans and Cartier-Bresson in the period 1924-47.

John Szarkowski said “Evans defined in his work the essence of the documentary aesthetic.” and that this “Volume presents an unrivalled opportunity to confront and compare the vision of both of these seminal photographic masters.”

I found it a really interesting book, classic B&W social documentary work. I tried to see if there were obvious differences in the style of the two photographers and would attempt to judge who had taken a particular photo before looking at the caption – more often than not I got it wrong! Which probably says a lot about my powers of analysis – or lack of!

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