Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.
– Walker Evans
Some photographs have drama and Girl in Fulton Street, taken by Walker Evans in 1929, is one of them. We will never know who this girl is and what she is staring at so intensely. Like the girl, we look with anticipation, hoping to find some clue for her purpose in the crowd of top hats. Her striking profile and pose seem more suited to an aristocratic portrait than a snapshot in the street. Evans could single out these kinds of enigmatic moments with the eye of poet and skill of an investigator.