ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ALABAMA: Walker Evans
Walker Evans (1903-1975) is considered the best American documentary photographer of the twentieth century. His photographs of sharecroppers in Depression-era Alabama appeared in the book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,
published in 1941 with text by writer and journalist James Agee.
Although he spent only a few weeks of his life in the state, his Alabama
photos represent Evans’s most famous and perhaps finest work. Evans’s
Alabama photographs have become iconic images of the Great Depression
era and gave a personal face to an overlooked segment of American