Walker Evans was a definitive American documentary photographer of the 20th century. Depth of Field, which accompanies an exhibition traveling to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and to Vancouver Art Gallery, traces the complex development of Evans' oeuvre from 1930 to the 1970s. The book features some lesser-known series such as Victorian Architecture (1931), The Crime of Cuba (1933) and Ante Bellum Architecture (1935), all of which were decisive for Evans' iconic work on the Great Depression that culminated in the publication of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men with James Agee in 1941.
Depth of Field also draws into context Evans' written contributions for Fortune magazine (starting in 1945), his colour photographs, as well as his Polaroids from the 1970s. This comprehensive book consolidates a number of overlooked images and perspectives, and thus surpasses previous presentations of Evans' photography.