Svetlana Alpers is professor emerita of history of art at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting scholar in art history at New York University. Her many books include The Art of Describing, The Vexations of Art, and Roof Life. She lives in New York City and France.
A comprehensive study. . . . Alpers shows how Evans's approach differed both from that of other photographers and from conventional assumptions about photography. . . . Intriguing interpretations of Evans's photos and work process, for both specialists and general readers. * Library Journal * Walker Evans: Starting from Scratch by Svetlana Alpers is an entire semester in one volume. . . . Her analysis of Evans' artistic life will not disappoint. . . . This biography affectionately reads like a lecture series, with professor Alpers nudging students to close-read the 143 black/white Evans photos conveniently placed at the book's beginning. ---Jean Bundy, Anchorage Press