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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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