Robert Frank: The Americans

Robert Frank: The Americans

By (author) Robert Frank , By (author) Jack Kerouac


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First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank's "The Americans" changed the course of twentieth-century photography. In 83 photographs, Frank looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a people plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians and rendered numb by a rapidly expanding culture of consumption. Yet he also found novel areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life. And it was not just Frank's subject matter--cars, jukeboxes and even the road itself-that redefined the icons of America; it was also his seemingly intuitive, immediate, off-kilter style, as well as his method of brilliantly linking his photographs together thematically, conceptually, formally and linguistically, that made "The Americans" so innovative. More of an ode or a poem than a literal document, the book is as powerful and provocative today as it was 56 years ago.

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  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 182.88 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 771.1g
  • 06 Sep 2008
  • Steidl Publishers
  • Steidl Verlag
  • Gottingen
  • English
  • Special edition
  • Special edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 386521584X
  • 9783865215840
  • 2,979

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The exhibition is as comprehensive as it is ephemeral featuring a wealth of photographs, all of Frank's books since 1947, and his films that he began focusing on in the early 1960s.--Lisa Contag"Artinfo" (04/21/2015)

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