Allie Mae Burroughs photographed by Walker Evans (1936)
In Spring 2000, my husband and I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Walker Evans exhibition. Today, I am looking at a poster, from the exhibition, that has hung in our house for 11 years and can still vividly recollect the images from Walker Evans and James Agee’s book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. On seeing these photographs for the first time, we simply stood in silent awe. I was especially moved by the photograph of Allie Mae Burroughs. Reflecting, 11 years later, I am now a wife and mother to 3 girls and my understanding, empathy and admiration has only grown.
Looking at her in 1936, what I see in her eyes is strength, resolve, tenacity, grit. Evans photograph captures the beauty of her spirit.