Walker Evans’s images of poor tenant farmers and weather-beaten rural architecture in Hale County, Alabama, photographed in the summer of 1936 are, for many Americans, quintessential images of the Depression era. Evans traveled through the South that summer with James Agee who had been commissioned to write an article for Fortune magazine—a collaborative venture that finally made it to the printed page five years later in book form as the American classic Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Evans’s documentary style, in which his humble subjects—whether human or architectural—spoke powerfully of a difficult but dignified life, have become a model for subsequent generations of photographers.

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Walker Evans, American, 1903–1975
Roadside Store, between Tuscaloosa and Greensboro, Alabama
1936, printed later
Gelatin silver print
Image: 7 5/8 × 9 9/16 in. (19.3 × 24.3 cm) Sheet: 8 × 9 15/16 in. (20.3 × 25.2 cm) Mount: 11 1/2 × 13 in. (29.2 × 33 cm)
Credit Line

The Manfred Heiting Collection, funded by the Susan Vaughan Foundation and others in memory of Morgan Garwood

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

Artist estate, Lunn Gallery, Washington. Bought by Manfred Heiting from Galerie Rudolf Kicken GmbH, 4/26/1977.