Woman Reading at the Bus Stop in Front of S. Klein on the Square Department Store, Union Square East, New York CityArtist(s)Walker EvansArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Datecirca 1929Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
7 in x 5 1/4 in (17.78 cm x 13.34 cm);19 3/8 in x 14 3/8 in (49.21 cm x 36.51 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Lunn, Jr., in Honor of the Centennial of The Michigan DailyLabel copy
Evans’s shots of New Yorkers, unaware that they were being photographed, anticipate the work of Garry Winogrand. This young woman reading at a bus stop on Union Square is such an image. Her absorption in her reading allows Evans to create interplay between the reflections and the mannequin and to frame the scene against the dark background of the window and the doorway.
Carole McNamara, Assistant Director for Collections & Exhibitions
on the occasion of the exhibition New York Observed: The Mythology of the City
(July 13 – September 22, 2003)Subject matter
A woman stands in front of the S. Klein on the Square department store at Union Square. While she is absorbed in reading a magazine, reflections in the vitrine suggest bustling activity beyond the frame to which she is oblivious. Evans creates an interplay between the reflections and the mannequin and to frame the scene against the dark background of the window and the doorway.Physical Description
Photograph of a woman reading at a bus stop in front of a department store vitrine.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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New York City
modern and contemporary art
women (female humans)