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Early adopter? Maybe not

Post by Cheryl Tucker on June 4, 2013 at 11:39 am with No Comments »
June 4, 2013 11:39 am
Walker Evans photograph of Alabama sharecropper family during the Great Depression (Library of Congress)
Walker Evans photograph of Alabama sharecropper family during the Great Depression (Library of Congress)

Go out in public anywhere and invariably you see people looking down, checking their phone messages. It’s such a common sight that when I picked up today’s New York Times and glanced at this photo, my first thought was something along the lines of “Huh . . . they mean it when they say everybody’s got a cell phone now.”

Then I read the cutline and realized it was a photo from the 1930s, taken by photographer Walker Evans (read more about him here).

So no, the Alabama sharecropper in the photo isn’t an iPhone beta tester or even a very early adopter.

 

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