(November 3, 1903-April 10, 1975)
Born in St. Louis, Missouri
Worked for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the Great Depression
Photographer and editor for 'Fortune' (1945-65)
Best known for the book 'Let Us Now Praise Famous Men' (text by James Agee; 1941)
Why he might be annoying
He originally planned to be a novelist, but said, 'I wanted so much to write that I couldn't write a word.'
A biographer wrote of his early career, 'He resented both the American's preoccupation with money and the fact that he had none of his own.'
When 'Fortune' magazine interviewed descendants of the sharecroppers featured in 'Now Let Us Praise Famous Men' (2005), several complained that their families had been 'cast in a light that they couldn't do any better, that they were doomed, ignorant.'
Why he might not be annoying
The owners of the land worked by the sharecroppers of 'Now Let Us Praise Famous Men' unsuccessfully tried to scuttle the project by telling the farmers that Agee and Walker were Soviet agents.
He was the first photographer to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (1938).
He eschewed gimmicks and fancy equipment, saying 'Photography isn't a matter of taking pictures. It's a matter of having an eye.'
Credit: C. Fishel
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In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 10 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 7 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
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In 2011, Out of 17 Votes: 52.94% Annoying
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