Today in History: Walker Evans

Walker Evans, profile, hand up to face
Today in History–July 16–the Library of Congress features photojournalist Walker Evans. On this date in 1936 Evans took a leave of absence from from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to accept a summer assignment with Fortune magazine. Evans and writer James McGee  worked together to document the lives of sharecropper families in Alabama, which would eventually be published in the book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access hundreds of Evans’ photos.

Photographs by Walker Evans

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Volume 1 digital files

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Volume 2 digital files

Walker Evans historical newspaper coverage

FSA-related PSN posts