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Maritime Image of the Day: Coal Dock Worker (1933)

PortandTerminal.com, October 18, 2019

Editor’s note: “Image of the Day” is a new feature that we have recently launched. We work in an amazing industry. Let’s celebrate its beauty together by sharing the incredible maritime imagery taken by our colleagues of what we do. Have a photo/video to share? Please send it to info@portandterminal.com along with the name of the photographer who took it (if available) so that we can give them the credit that they are due.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – “Coal Dock Worker” was taken in 1933 by American photographer Walker Evans. The photograph is part of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) collection in New York City.

Walker Evans (1903-1975)

The photographer Walker Evans (1937). Evans is considered to be one of the most pivotal American photographers from the 20th century.

Walker Evans was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration documenting the effects of the Great Depression on common people. Like many photographers and artists, Evans was always straddling the line between paying his bills and being dead broke which perhaps gave him a stronger connection with his subjects.

Photography is the most literary of the graphic arts

Walker Evans

Evans briefly worked for TIME magazine as a writer (1943-1945), and, for much of his career, for Fortune magazine as a writer and photographer (1945-1965). He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1940 and became a professor at Yale University in 1965.

Some other examples of his photography that capture the same gritty social realism as our Maritime Image of the Day follow below:

“Bud Fields and his family at home” (1936/37) – Pictures of the house and family of an Alabama sharecropper
Evans’s photo of then 27-year-old Allie Mae Burroughs, photographed in 1936, a symbol of the Great Depression

And finally, here’s one more Evans took at the Port of New York earlier on in his career:

“Port of New York” (1928/29) – The J. Paul Getty Museum

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