New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1938. First Edition. Small quarto. Print run of 5000 copies. SIGNED and briefly inscribed by Walker Evans. The standard bearer of the American documentary photography book, published in conjunction with Evans' solo show at the Museum of Modern Art: the first for a photographer in the history of the museum. American Photographs was also the first commercially produced American photobook to make a statement almost exclusively with images (Lincoln Kirstein's fine essay notwithstanding). In so doing, Evans simultaneously created a new art form and a powerful vehicle for social commentary. (Parr / Badger, v1, 114-115; Roth 98). Near fine in an almost very good jacket, toned and a little stained along the spine, with a few edge tears and chips; complete with the publisher's yellow belly band (missing a flap). Housed in a custom clamshell box.