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Happy National Photo Week!

May 5, 1984: “Photography, the prime visual recorder of human events, preserves memories, emotion, and sentiment for virtually all Americans. It is an established and growing art form which communicates the beauty and diversity of America as well as the vitality of its culture and its people.”

Exactly 30 years ago today, President Ronald Reagan issued these words as part of an official proclamation, acknowledging Senate Joint Resolution 250 and designating the week of May 7 – May 13, 1984 as “National Photo Week.”

In honor of this occasion, we’re highlighting a photo from our collection, Walker Evans’ Couple in Car, Ossining, NY (1932), now on view in the installation of American Art: Colonial Period through Mid-Twentieth Century. Celebrate “National Photo Week” and take a look for yourself!

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Walker Evans, Couple in Car, Ossining, NY, 1932. Silver print. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Melcher. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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