Born and raised in New York City, Evan graduated from Brown University and received his Master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Specialties include mathematics (he was captain of his respective math team at the Bronx High School of Science all four years), science, and geography (especially GIS—Geographic Information Systems).
His inspiration to road-trip first came courtesy a MoMA retrospective of photographer Lee Friedlander. Evan took to the open road after [college] graduation, journeying 13,500 miles through 29 states and three Canadian provinces (as well as D.C.) over three months. He captured moments with photographs of communities few venture to see. He also began to visit post offices for souvenirs—both physical and nostalgic—en route, amassing postmarks and stories from 250 post offices by the time he returned to the Big Apple.
As of 2018 Evan has logged tens of thousands of miles, visiting more than 9,200 post offices spanning all 50 U.S. states.
Evan has taken to exploring the country whenever feasible, flying or (usually driving) to our nation's largest cities and rural America alike. He aims to draw attention to oft-overlooked backbones of our national infrastructure (and history), including the U.S. Postal Service as well as the vast body of infrastructure created as part of F.D.R.'s New Deal during the 1930s. Thousands of his postal photographs are viewable as part a partnership with the Post Mark Collectors Club (PMCC), which maintains a physical archive of 55,000 post office photographs as well as the more than 25,000 digitized images viewable online. Evan curates and manages every upload to the online photo project, the largest of its type in the world!
Evan's work with The Living New Deal has resulted in the documentation and geocoding of more than 3,000 New Deal projects: post offices, city halls, schools, courthouses, parks, streets, water systems, and more, all constructed or developed with the support of FDR's "alphabet soup" programs. This online archive, too, is the largest of its kind. Hundreds of Evan's photos and the product of hundreds of hours of his research are available at The Living New Deal, with particular emphasis on post offices and attendant New Deal artwork (commissioned murals and sculptures) therein.