I have some pictures tonight, and will have more tomorrow…
These cryptic words, in a handwritten note to Hemingway from Evans, are part of a mystery that is only now coming to light. Their friendship began in Havana in May 1933. Hemingway had arrived in Cuba to fish and work on manuscripts. Evans came to take photo
© Walker Evans
Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
graphs for The Crime of Cuba
, which was severely critical of the Cuban dictator Machado. The social and political upheaval they observed, and their late night discussions, affected the work of both men for the rest of their lives. During this period Hemingway wrote To Have and Have Not
, and many of Evans' photographs are directly related to scenes in this book. Through a combination of never-before-exhibited photographs by Evans, newly found Hemingway letters, photographs and artifacts, the exhibition will expand our understanding of the relationship between Hemingway and Evans and the influence these remarkable men had on each other's creative styles.
Ernest Hemingway and Walker Evans: Three Weeks in Cuba, 1933 is organized by the Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House, Florida, and circulated by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions.