Roadside sandwich shop. Ponchatoula, Louisiana

by Walker Evans

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Artist Statement

From mid 1935 to early 1937, Evans worked for the historical unit of the Farm Security Administration to create a photographic survey of rural America during the Great Depression. Best known for his captivating large format images of the American vernacular, Evans produced an image that ignites a longing for traditional, rustic Americana, and the perfectly imperfect. In Roadside sandwich shop. Ponchatoula, Louisiana we see the once ubiquitous foodstand that used to dominate American highways, where purveyors of local produce and odds and ends would set up shop. In the earlier part of the 1900s, Ponchatoula was one of just two ways to get to New Orleans by land, earning the nickname “Gateway to New Orleans”. Prime real estate for roadside refreshments. Nearly a century later, Evans' iconic image remains a wanderlust-inducing window into road trips of yesteryear.

Why We Love It

In the spirit of savoring these last few weeks of summer, we’re strapping in for a good old fashioned road trip ℅ American photographer Walker Evans. First stop: SNACKS. Shot in 1936, Roadside sandwich shop. Ponchatoula, Louisiana encapsulates the #1 principle of a primo pitstop: variety. This shop’s got it all ... More on the blog!

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

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Edition Structure:
8"x10" | edition of 10
11"x14" | edition of 150
16"x20" | edition of 50
20"x24" | edition of 10

Walker Evans

Legendary American photgrapher Walker Evans (1903-1975) is best known for his captivating large format images of the American vernacular. His iconic images entered the public's collective consciousness with appearances in magazines, books, and museums around the world since the 1930s. He has inspired generations of photographers and artists, changing the field with his narratives of American life. In 1938, MOMA exhibited the first decade of his photographs in his first retrospective American Photographs. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Walker Evans moved to New York City as a young man to pursue writing. He studied writing at Williams College for a year, and... Read More
later the Sorbonne, picking up photography in 1928. The interplay between language and image were central to his work. As a small child and throughout his life, Evans collected picture postcards. A 2009 exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard, featured his 9,000 postcard collection to reveal the symbiotic relationship with his own photographs.
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