Robert Frank: The Americans
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Robert Frank: The Americans

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 182.88 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 771.1g
  • Steidl Publishers
  • Steidl Verlag
  • Gottingen, Germany
  • English
  • Special edition
  • Special edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 386521584X
  • 9783865215840
  • 6,461

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That is the miracle of great socially committed art: It addresses our sources of deepest unease, helps us to confront what we cannot organize or explain by making all of it unforgettable.--Nicholas Dawidoff "The New York Times Magazine "show more

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