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The Americans / Edition 1

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by Robert Frank, Jack Kerouac
     
 

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ISBN-10: 386521584X

ISBN-13: 9783865215840

Pub. Date: 11/21/2008

Publisher: Steidl, Gerhard Druckerei und Verlag

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9783865215840
Publisher:
Steidl, Gerhard Druckerei und Verlag
Publication date:
11/21/2008
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
75,294
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 7.42(h) x 1.05(d)

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The Americans 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Terry_M More than 1 year ago
This is the 50th anniversary of the publication in America of The Americans. At the time, the pictures were criticized as unflattering. Ten years later, they were recognized as exceptional. Words are inadequate. Buy this book! (And if close to DC, San Francisco or NY City, please make it to the exhibition. Yes, a museum show had been prepared to commemorate the anniversary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Robert Frank's "The Americans" was published in the late 1950s, it signaled a sea change in photography. Until that time, the vast majority of photography was driven by extreme attention to formal composition and technical expertise. Frank, as he criss-crossed the U.S. capturing the images that became "The Americans," worked in a much looser style compositionally. From a technical standpoint, many of the images were taken in situations (e.g. very low light) that tested the limits of the cameras and black-and-white films of the day. I sense that in these instances all Frank could do was pray he had captured "something" on film. Fortunately, in many cases he did, but I'm sure he lost at least some great images to the vagaries of the era's photo technology. "The Americans" set the American viewing public on its head when it was published in the U.S. in 1959 (it was first published in 1958 in France). Frank presented, for essentially the first time, an unvarnished portrait of Americans and their lives. Up until that time, most of American photography presented a romantic view of the U.S. True, the Farm Security Administration images of the 1930s and '40s included many showing hardship and poverty, and as great as these images are, the harshness at times is offset by the photographs' formality. As a Swiss citizen traveling the U.S. Frank was discovering the country through fresh eyes and was unaffected by any notion of American romanticism. His iconic images, now more than 50 years old, have significantly influenced an entire generation of photographers and American culture at large.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, maybe not EVER, but it is amazing. Raw, dirty, kick-ace images with more depth than I can handle. Every photographer should at least look through the book, but it is probably better to own it. Whether you like his perspective or not... his work is powerful. It has influenced my photography more than I would like to admit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before you buy a camera, you should buy this book. With this publication,Robert Frank, reinvented photography.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone interested in what it means to be an American should be familiar with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most important photography series ever.