IAPA3 – Context and Critical Analysis

A3 – Context and Critical Analysis

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Walker Evans

“During the early 1930s Evans had worked only occasionally (and skeptically) as a professional photographer, preferring to live precariously from occasional assignments, often from friends. The idea that he should be asked to make a photograph conceived by someone else was offensive to his ego;”

“However, from mid-1935 to early 1937 Evans worked for a regular salary as a member of the so-called “historical unit” of the Farm Security Administration (FSA; earlier, the Resettlement Administration), an agency of the Department of Agriculture. Its assignment was to provide a photographic survey of rural America, primarily in the South.”

“What made Evans’s work new was the kind of facts that he selected for scrutiny, and the subtlety of his appreciation of those facts and their resonant allusions.”

“Most of Evans’s best work dealt not with people but with the things they made:”

Encyclopedia Britannica. (2017). Walker Evans | American photographer. [online] Available at: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Walker-Evans [Accessed 19 Jun. 2017]


Elliot Erwitt

“I have a pseudo-name that I use to publish a book of pictures I don’t like to take” – Elliott Erwitt

Haan, S. (2017). Born to Shatter Boundaries. Elliott Erwitt. Born in 1928.. [online] Salon. Available at: http://www.salon.com/2013/10/10/born_to_shatter_boundaries_elliott_erwitt_born_in_1928/ [Accessed 19 Jun. 2017].

Critical Analysis

My inspiration for this work comes in two parts, firstly from Elliott Erwitt, who stated in the video link in the research that “I have a pseudo-name that I use to publish a book of pictures I don’t like to take” – Elliott Erwitt, this amused me as this assignment was doing exactly this to me though I do not have the luxury of publishing them under a pseudo-name, I also noted from my research that Walker Evans was a strong willed individual who did not like being told what to photograph, and although I dont mind doing a brief that I have not conceived I do not enjoy certain types of photography, particularly the more vernacular kind.

This assignment seemed to be calling for some very vernacular photography and so like Walker Evans with the FSA assignment I resolved to push on and do the work, also inspired by Evans approach to the Depression and the FSA brief I resolved to edit the images based on the things people do with their horses to tell the story of the group