[Lunchroom Window, New York]

Artist: Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut)

Date: 1929

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 11.7 x 18.5 cm (4 5/8 x 7 1/4 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1971

Accession Number: 1971.646.35

Rights and Reproduction: © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


As early as the 1870s, the quick-lunch counter had become commonplace in New York City. With the introduction and success of the coin-operated automat in the 1910s, lunch and coffee could be had in a New York minute. Walker Evans discovered this trio of natty, pre-stock market crash consumers near Grand Central terminal at a lunchroom at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 44th Street.