REFLECTIONS ON ART, ORDER, MEMORY, SPACE, CLASSIFICATION, DREAMS, CONSCIOUSNESS
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Between 1938 and 1941, Walker Evans used a hidden camera to make more than six hundred photographs of passengers riding the subway. Although the setting was public, Evans found that with his subjects unaware of the camera and lost in their thoughts, "The guard is down and the mask is off . . . even more than when in lone bedrooms (where there is a mirror), people's faces are in naked repose down in the subway." He later wrote that the subway series was his idea of what a portrait ought to be, "anonymous and documentary and a straightforward picture of mankind".