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The Americans / Edition 1

The Americans / Edition 1

by Robert Frank, Jack Kerouac
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ISBN-13: 9783865215840
Publisher: Steidl, Gerhard Druckerei und Verlag
Publication date: 05/15/2008
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 64,301
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 7.42(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Robert Frank was born in Zurich in 1924 to parents of Jewish descent. He immigrated to the United States two years after World War II ended, and since then he has produced work that changed the history of art and photography. Groundbreaking projects include The Americans, Lines of My Hand, Black White and Things, Pull My Daisy and Cocksucker Blues. Frank was the subject of a major retrospective organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in 1994. He was the recipient of the Hasselblad Award in 1996. A major exhibition organized by The National Gallery of Art, Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans," will tour nationally in 2009, with stops in Washington, San Francisco and New York.

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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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