Long Island City, NY—A photography exhibition featuring photographer Walker Evans’s famous collection of images taken in Havana in 1933 will be shown at LaGuardia Community College now through May 29. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibition, comprising over 30 digital reproductions from original and posthumous prints, will be on view in the Shenker Hall showcases at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City.
Mr. Evans, one of the most influential American photographers of the twentieth century who is best known for his images of Alabama tenant families during the Great Depression, was asked by publisher J. B. Lippincott in 1933 to produce a body of work about Cuba. The images were to appear in “The Crime of Cuba,” a book by Carleton Beals that would be a history of the country and a scathing indictment of American support for Cuban President Gerardo Machado’s dictatorial regime.
His distinctive photographic style, which he declared “transcendent documentary,” was developed in New York in the late 1920s, but was fully formed by his experience in Cuba in 1933.
Inspired by the French photographer Eugene Atget, Mr. Evans took his format cameras to chronicle the people, the classic architecture and the beauty of the city.
During his three-week visit, he shot over 400 negatives.
Curating the exhibition is John T. Hill, former executor of the Walker Evans estate and former director of graduate studies of photography at the Yale School of Art.
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