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Walker's Way: My Years with Walker Evans

Storey, Isabelle

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ISBN 10: 1576873625 / ISBN 13: 9781576873625
Published by powerHouse Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2007
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263pp. Stated First Edition with '1' present in number sequence on copyright page. Gray-brown boards with black lettering on spine; gray endpapers. Dustwrapper front cover illustrated with top and bottom black and white photo-portraits of author at top, Evans at bottom, both, respectively, comfortably reclining in the same chair under the same lighted floor lamp. Inscribed personally to gift recipient on title page and signed by author on Nov. 26, 2007, else no previous owner names. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005021

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Title: Walker's Way: My Years with Walker Evans

Publisher: powerHouse Books, Brooklyn, NY

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed and Inscribed By Author to Previous Owner

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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Walker’s Way: My Years with Walker Evans, Isabelle Storey’s memoir of her ten-year marriage to Walker Evans, is the story of an elegant young woman’s infatuation with a great American artist—with the man himself, with what he stood for aesthetically, and with his artistic and social circle—and how her initial passion gradually cooled into disenchantment.

Isabelle Boschenstein was born in Switzerland and spent part of her early childhood in Berlin and Paris. She arrived in New York with her first husband, Alec von Steiger, in 1958. But their marriage lacked passion, and when she met Walker Evans, she fell for him headlong. Isabelle and Walker were married in 1960. Evans, already a prominent figure in the world of photography, introduced Isabelle to Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Helen Levitt, Robert Penn Warren, Alfred Kazin, William H. Whyte, and a host of other luminaries. But over the course of the next decade, her relationship with Walker became strained. In this candid and poignant narrative, which draws extensively on the couple’s voluminous correspondence, Isabelle describes how their marriage grew more formal, cooler, and eventually failed altogether as Isabelle felt compelled to move on.

Walker’s Way is a rare gem of personal history: an intimate portrait that remains dignified even as it waxes wistful. Appreciative in its spirit, never marred by scandalous or gratuitous revelation, Walker’s Way is a moving evocation of a vibrant young woman’s growth into mature adulthood. Sumptuously illustrated with over 50 photographs, including more than a dozen previously unpublished works by Evans himself, Walker’s Way provides a previously unseen glimpse into the domestic life of a major American photographer who ranks among the twentieth century’s most celebrated, and enigmatic, artists.

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Isabelle Storey was born in 1933 in Bern, Switzerland, and studied textile design at the Zurich School of Design and Applied Art, receiving her diploma in 1955. In 1958, she went to New York with her first husband, Alec von Steiger. Two years later she married Walker Evans; their marriage ended in divorce. In 1973, she married her current husband, James M. Storey, a lawyer. They divide their time between Boston and coastal Maine. As curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, she mounted the exhibition The Presence of Walker Evans, which gathered photographs by Diane Arbus, William Christenberry, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Helen Levitt, Alston Purvis, John Szarkowski, and Jerry Thompson. She was the photographic editor of A Book for Boston (David R. Godine, 1980). From 1980 to 1990 she served on the Board of The MacDowell Colony.

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