Walker Evans and James Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Exhibitions

Walker Evans and James Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

July 20, 2002 - October 13, 2002

In 1936, writer James Agee (1909-1953) and photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) visited the home of a sharecropper family in Hale County, Alabama. For the next 21 days they produced a collaborative work aimed directly at the Great Depression’s social problems, while also pushing the limits of literature and photography. Their 1941 book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, is one of the most important studies of American cultural history and a milestone in the history of photography. The exhibition features 90 vintage photographs by Walker Evans as well as manuscripts and other original documents.

Sponsored by DRAPER-DBS, Inc.

This exhibition and educational programs have been funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

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