Robert Frank: London/Wales

Robert Frank: London/Wales

by Robert Frank
     
 

"War is over; the heroic French population reaffirms superiority. Love, Paris, and Flowers but London was black, white, and gray, the elegance, the style, all present in front of always changing fog. Then I met a man from Wales talking about the Miners and I had read How Green Was My Valley. This became my only try to make a 'Story'." --Robert Frank This…  See more details below

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"War is over; the heroic French population reaffirms superiority. Love, Paris, and Flowers but London was black, white, and gray, the elegance, the style, all present in front of always changing fog. Then I met a man from Wales talking about the Miners and I had read How Green Was My Valley. This became my only try to make a 'Story'." --Robert Frank This magnificent new edition of London/Wales, which features never-before-seen photographs, juxtaposes Frank's images of the elegant world of London money with the grimy working-class world of postwar Wales--bankers opposite coal miners. It brings together two distinct bodies of work, and reveals a significant documentary precedent for The Americans. In also offers an important view of Frank's development, demonstrating an early interest in social commentary, in the narrative potential of photographic sequencing, and innovative use of the expressionistic qualities of the medium.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
The London/Wales photographs were evidently the proving ground for Mr. Frank's landmark book, 'The Americans', which, both in style and sequencing was one of a handful of major innovations in 20th-century photography. London/Wales is now a book too; on its pages as on the walls, Mr.Frank's innovative, elliptical narrative mode makes it plain why he would soon decide it was impossible to make a single, definitive photograph. One photographic frame could not encompass time or tell his kind of story.
The New York Times Magazine
These remarkable pictures jump alive and insinuate themselves into our consciousness with qualities that later gained such notoriety in "The Americans": a ripping, compassionate regard for suffering: A moody frontalness and shy probing; wobbly compositions; and Frank's constant refusal of canned, self-indulgent feeling. This is an old, or I should say, a very young Robert Frank who is now news to us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783865213624
Publisher:
Steidl The Masters
Publication date:
11/21/2008
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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