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Contax II Walker Evans                                                            € 10.000*
                                                                                                                                      no. C13823, c. 1940, condition B                                                € 20.000 – 24.000
                                                                                                                                      Between 1938 and 1941 Evans produced a series of portraits   the most important photographers of the twentieth century
                                                                                                                                      in the New York City subways. The camera his choice was   and worked primarily in the US. His enormous artistic
                                                                                                                                      a Contax II with a Sonnar 1.5/5 cm lens. It was strapped to   influence has been recognized not only there, but also
                                                                                                                                      his chest, with the lens peeking out between two buttons of   internationally. He is best known for his work for the Farm
                                                                                                                                      his winter coat. Evans painted the chrome elements of the   Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of
                                                                                                                                      camera black to make it more inconspicuous and used a   the Great Depression on the rural population in the Mid
                                                                                                                                      cable release hidden in his sleeve to trigger the shutter.   1930s. The portraits of the three families Fields, Borroughs
                                                                                                                                      With this setup he succeeded in accomplishing a difficult   and Tingle became icons of photography history. After
                                                                                                                                      challenge in making truly unposed portraits and reached an   1945, Evans photographed, among others, American urban
                                                                                                                                      unseen level of reality and intimacy characteristic to this   landscapes and industrial buildings for magazines like
                                                                                                                                      remarkable series of photographs.               Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Architectural Forum, Life and
                                                                                                                                                                                      Fortune. Because of his documentary style, he is considered
                                                                                                                                      The camera we have the pleasure to offer was displayed   the forerunner of the German photographer couple Bernd
                                                                                                                                      during several photo exhibitions in the U.S. This may be   and Hilla Becher. In 1938 the MoMa organized the first
              Som Berthiot for Leica M39 Flor 1.5/55 mm                                         € 30.000                              the most famous and distinctive camera used by the   exhibition for a single photographer for Walker Evans:
              no. 452055, 1950s, condition B/A                                               € 60.000 – 70.000                        photographer. Included in this lot is also a book by Evans   American Photographs. Since then, many of his works are in
                                                                                                                                      ‘Many are Called’ (first edition 1966, hardcover), including   permanent collections of museums or have been the subject
              One of the rarest and most desirable third party lenses in   showing some minor haze and light cleaning marks (not      photographs made with this Contax II.           of retrospectives at institutions such as the Metropolitan
              the original, rangefinder-coupled Leica mount. Brass barrel   affecting the photos). Only a handful of these special lenses                                             Museum of Art, the George Eastman Museum, the Centre
              finished in bright chrome, coupling made for Som Berthiot   are known to exist.                                         Walker Evans (1903 –1975) was an American photographer   Pompidou, or, most notably at Museum of Modern Art, New
              by A. Garneau, Paris (engraved accordingly), good optics                                                                and photojournalist. He is widely acknowledged as one of   York and at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California, USA.
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