Walker Evans (1903-1975), Crossroads Store. Sprott, Alabama, 1936, Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington D.C.
– “American Classics: Selected Photographs of Alabama by Walker Evans” will be on display at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art from June 13 through Aug. 23. The exhibition will feature a selection of images made in 1936, when the editors of Fortune magazine sent writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans, on assignment to document the southern sharecropping economic system.
“The photographs in this exhibition reveal the innate strength and nobility of these Hale County sharecroppers and by studying them we discover our shared humanity,” said Marilyn Laufer, director of the Jule Collins Smith Museum. “In many ways, Evans’s images have evolved into an impressionable national memory of the Depression era.”