On this date in 1936, photographer Walker Evans began work on a project documenting the Great Depression. . Evans, along with writer James Agee, went to Hale County, Alabama, to document the effects of the Great Depression on poor tenant farmers. For two months that summer, they traveled among the poor white cotton farmers, and got to know three families, whom Agee referred to as the Gudgers, the Ricketts, and the Woods. Their goal was a purely documentary one; they didn't want the images to be used for political or artistic purposes, but rather as an unflinching record. Fortune declining to publish the piece, unless Agee rewrote it. He refused, and eventually Agee and Evans published it as a full-length book in 1941. It didn't sell well, and went out of print, but it was reissued in 1960, three years after Agee's death. The photos are now among the most famous images of the Great Depression. Walker said: "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long,"