The Americans / Edition 1

The Americans / Edition 1

by Robert Frank, Jack Kerouac
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Steidl, Gerhard Druckerei und Verlag
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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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