Robert Frank's The Americans Expanded Edition
Steidl | ISBN 9783865218063
Hardback – 528 pages
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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. More of an ode or a poem than a literal document, the book is as powerful and provocative today as it was 50 years ago. Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans" celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this prescient book. Drawing on newly examined archival sources, it provides a fascinating in-depth examination of the making of the photographs and the book's construction, using vintage contact sheets, work prints and letters that literally chart Frank's journey around the country on a Guggenheim grant in 1955-1956. Curator and editor Sarah Greenough and her colleagues also explore the roots of The Americans in Frank's earlier books, which are abundantly illustrated here, and in books by photographers Walker Evans, Bill Brandt and others. The 83 original photographs from The Americans are presented in sequence in as near vintage prints as possible. The catalogue concludes with an examination of Frank's later reinterpretations and deconstructions of The Americans, bringing full circle the history of this resounding entry in the annals of photography. In addition, Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans"-Expanded Edition includes a wealth of additional materials, essential information for all interested in twentieth-century photography. This groundbreaking 528-page catalogue is certain to be the definitive source of information on The Americans for years to come.
Artist: Robert Frank