Couple at Coney Island in 1928 photographed by Walker Evans.
Evans is the celebrated photographer who collaborated with James Agee for the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men a book that examines sharecropping families during the Dust Bowl (and Great Depression) in 1936. The book was one-of-a-kind for its combination of factual reporting, poetic prose, and jarring, iconic photography. It exposed many of the complicated layers of the disaster that ravaged the landscape and the families who lived and worked there.
Melville House just released a never-before-seen article Agee wrote (and Evans photographed) called Cotton Tenants. that “enhances the reputation" of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, reinforcing the Agee and Evans’ contribution to journalism, writing more broadly, and documentary photography.
Here’s a review by John Jeremiah Sullivan of the newly discovered manuscript.
photo via the Metropolitan Museum of Art