Artist: Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut)
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: 12.2 x 15.0 cm (4 13/16 x 5 15/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1971
Accession Number: 1971.646.18
Rights and Reproduction: © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Inspired by the incisive realism of Honoré Daumier's Third-Class Carriage (29.100.129), Walker Evans sought to avoid the vanity, sentimentality, and artifice of conventional studio portraiture. The subway series, he later said, was "my idea of what a portrait ought to be: anonymous and documentary and a straightforward picture of mankind."