WITH OVER 150 PHOTOGRAPHS OF
NEW YORK SUBWAY RIDERS
WALKER; AGEE, JAMES.
Many Are Called
"Each is an
individual existence, as matchless as a thumbprint or a snowflake."
-from Agee's Introduction
FIRST EDITION of one of Evansís most celebrated works, with introduction
by James Agee and more than 150 reproductions of Evans's photographs of
New York City subway riders; the preferred cloth/dust jacket issue
(issued simultaneously in wrappers).
"In his subway series (shot from
around 1938 and into the 1940s, but only published in 1966), Evans
concealed a Contax camera beneath his coat, so that he could snap subway
passengers without their knowledge... The results are remarkably vibrant
and sympathetic. The book builds like a series of film stills, each
anonymous life segueing into the next. These travellers are largely
devoid of overt signs of class... united by the wearying business of
burrowing underground like moles. And yet, on closer inspection, the
book's tone seems more positive. It speaks less of a population wearied
by the vicissitudes of urban life, than of the way in which people
simply withdraw into themselves during the interlude of travel between
work and home. Evans's subway passengers may be lost souls, but they are
also souls lost in thought" (Parr/Badger, The Photobook,
I.253). Roth 180; Hasselblad 218.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966. Octavo, original cloth,
original dust jacket. Book fine, dust jacket some chipping and creasing
to edges. $900.