The Beauty of Common Tools


Walker Evans wrote in the 1955 portfolio, Beauties of the Common Tool: "Among low-priced, factory-produced goods, none is so appealing to the senses as the ordinary hand tool. Hence, a hardware store is a kind of offbeat museum show for the man who responds to good, clear “undesigned” forms".  Evans photographed these tools outside of their everyday contexts, transforming them into art objects.
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