In this dialogue, Stephanie Schwartz (Associate Professor in American Art, University College London) and Quentin Bajac (Director, Jeu de Paume) will address the legacy of Walker Evans (1903–75) and the renewals of American documentary from the 1960s to the present.
Expanding from her recently published book Walker Evans: No Politics (University of Texas Press, 2020), Stephanie Schwartz will take up the issue of “remakes” as concerns both how the photographer revisited his work throughout his long career, as well as how Evans and documentary reemerged in the 1960s and 1970s through the work of Allan Sekula (1951–2013). Schwartz will address the multiple temporalities of documentary and influence.
Quentin Bajac, curator of the survey exhibition Stephen Shore (Museum of Modern Art, 2017–18), will focus on the fascination that Shore (b. 1947) has always had for Evans’s work.
Together, the speakers will address and trouble the issue of “influence,” querying what it means for photography and its histories, and thinking about the larger question of what Evans and American documentary might mean today.
This event will be held online in English.
Image caption: Walker Evans, Houses. Atlanta, Georgia, 1936; Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)