Die Amerikaner

Author: Robert Frank,Jack Kerouac

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783865216588

Category: United States

Page: 180

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Robert Frank's The Americans

The Art of Documentary Photography

Author: Jonathan Day

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841503150

Category: Photography

Page: 186

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In the mid-1950s, Swiss-born New Yorker Robert Frank embarked on a ten-thousand-mile road trip across America, capturing thousands of photographs of all levels of a rapidly changing society. The resultant photo book, The Americans, represents a seminal moment in both photography and in America's understanding of itself. To mark the book’s fiftieth anniversary, Jonathan Day revisits this pivotal work and contributes a thoughtful and revealing critical commentary. Though the importance of The Americans has been widely acknowledged, it still retains much of its mystery. This comprehensive analysis places it thoroughly in the context of contemporary photography, literature, music, and advertising from its own period through the present.

The Americans

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Scalo Verlag Ac


Category: Art

Page: 179

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Previously published in 1959, Frank's most famous and influential photography book contained a series of deceptively simple photos that he took on a trip through America in 1955 and 1956. These pictures of everyday people still speak to us today, 40 years and several generations later.

Eine kurze Vorstellung des Werks "The Americans" von Robert Frank

Author: Arzu Cevatli

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638892646

Category: Art

Page: 19

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Kunst - Fotografie und Film, Note: 1,0, Université de Fribourg - Universität Freiburg (Schweiz) (Fachbereich für neuzeitliche Kunstgeschichte), Veranstaltung: Fotografie des 20. Jahrhundert, 10 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: „Just look at the pictures“ , so die Antwort Robert Franks, wenn er nach der Bedeutung seines Werks gefragt wird. Er ist der Meinung, das Werk brauche den Kommentar seines Autors nicht. Seine Fotografien bieten viele anspruchsvolle Lesearten und erlauben auch Jahrzehnte später interessante Diskurse. Die vorliegende Arbeit stellt den Künstler Robert Frank und sein Werk „The Americans“ vor. Es wird vor allem der Frage nachgegangen, wie der Bildband „gelesen“ werden könnte. Anhand ausgesuchter Beispiele wird eine mögliche „Leseart“ behandelt.

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Robert Frank's The Americans

Author: Sarah Greenough,Robert Frank,Stuart Alexander

Publisher: Steidl / Edition7L

ISBN: 9783865218063

Category: Photography

Page: 506

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Edited and text by Sarah Greenough. Additional text by Anne Tucker, Stuart Alexander, Martin Gasser, Jeff Rosenheim, Michel Frizot, Luc Sante, Philip Brookman.

American Witness

The Art and Life of Robert Frank

Author: RJ Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0306823373

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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From the author of the acclaimed James Brown biography The One comes the first in-depth biography of renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, best known for his landmark book The Americans. As well-known as Robert Frank the photographer is, few can say they really know Robert Frank the man. Born and raised in wartime Switzerland, Frank discovered the power and allure of photography at an early age and quickly learned that the art meant significantly more to him than the money, success, or fame. The art was all, and he intended to spend a lifetime pursuing it. American Witness is the first comprehensive look at the life of a man who's as mysterious and evasive as he is prolific and gifted. Leaving his rigid Switzerland for the more fluid United States in 1947, Frank found himself at the red-hot social center of bohemian New York in the '50s and '60s, becoming friends with everyone from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky to photographer Walker Evans, actor Zero Mostel, painter Willem de Kooning, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, Bob Dylan, writer Rudy Wirlitzer, jazz musicians Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus, and more. Frank roamed the country with his young family, taking roughly 27,000 photographs and collecting 83 of them into what is still his most famous work: The Americans. His was an America nobody had seen before, and if it was harshly criticized upon publication for its portrait of a divided country, the collection gradually grew to be recognized as a transformative American vision. And then he turned his back on certain success, giving up photography to reinvent himself as a film and video maker. Frank helped found the American independent cinema of the 1960s and made a legendary film with the Rolling Stones. Today, the nonagenarian is an embodiment of restless creativity and a symbol of what it costs to remain original in America, his life defined by never repeating himself, never being satisfied. American Witness is a portrait of a singular artist and the country that he saw.

Robert Frank

Film Works

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783958290365

Category: Beats (Persons)

Page: 400

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This book is dedicated to Frank's film and video oeuvre. Containing film-stills, essays and summaries of each film, as well as comprehensive bibliographic and technical data, it is the definitive companion to Frank's films. With essays by Michael Barchet, Philip Brookman, Stefan Grissemann, Kent Jones, Thomas Mießgang, Pia Neumann, Bert Rebhandl, Amy Taubin Interview with Allen Ginsberg


Author: William Finnegan

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518757415

Category: Fiction

Page: 550

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Vor fünfzig Jahren verfällt William Finnegan dem Surfen. Damals verschafft es ihm Respekt, dann jagt es ihn raus in die Welt – Samoa, Indonesien, Australien, Südafrika –, als Familienvater mit Job beim New Yorker dient es der Flucht vor dem Alltag ... Barbarentage erzählt die Geschichte dieser lebenslangen Leidenschaft, sie handelt vom Fernweh, von wahren Abenteuern und den Versuchen, trotz allem ein Träumer zu bleiben. Ein Buch wie das Meer, atemberaubend schön. »Wie Into the Wild erzählt dieses Buch auf mitfühlende, kluge Weise, was passiert, wenn Ideen von Freiheit einen jungen Menschen erfassen und in die entlegensten Winkel der Welt hinausschleudern.« The New York Times Magazine »Fesselnde Abenteuergeschichte, intellektuelle Autobiografie, rastlose Meditation über Liebe, Freundschaft und Familie ... Barbarentage ist ein Buch von ergreifender Schönheit und wird Surfer und Nichtsurfer gleichermaßen begeistern.« Washington Post »Das zu lesen, was dieser Kerl über Wellen und Wasser schreibt, ist wie Hemingway über Stierkämpfe zu lesen, William Burroughs über Drogen und Updike über Ehebruch.« Sports Illustrated



Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Steidl / Edition7L


Category: Photography

Page: 48

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"Writing from New York in March 1949, Robert Frank sent home to his mother in Switzerland a birthday gift of a book maquette of a series of photographs he had made during a visit to Peru. Frank made an identical book for himself and one of each of these two dummies now resides in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and National Gallery of Art, Washington." "A few of these images are well-known in Frank s oeuvre but previously the entire series had only ever been seen by a small number of people. This book presents for the first time the complete sequence of images, based on the original book Frank had conceived and realised under his direction. Peru is a work of major historical significance in both the artist s history and the history of photography."--BOOK JACKET.

Postcards from the Road

Robert Frank's 'The Americans'

Author: Jonathan Day

Publisher: Intellect L & D E F A E

ISBN: 9781783201860

Category: Photography

Page: 220

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For visual thinkers and students, particularly in these sound bite days, blocks of text are rarely the most effective way into a subject. Visual exposition of the kind proposed here, supported by textual exegesis enormously enhances and facilitates comprehension. The proposed volume will present paired images across a double page spread, with a small (perhaps third page size) image of Frank's photograph on the lower left page, a two thirds page size new 'commentary - exposition' photograph on the right, with two blocks of text. On the left above the Frank image will be a critical commentary which details the aspects of Frank's work that are evidenced by his photograph and are visually expounded and explained in my complementary photograph (my previous work will, I hope, assure you of my ability to complete this task effectively). On the right page will be a shorter contextualising statement, written in a style designed to be accessible to current readers but also inspired by writings contemporary to Frank (Kerouac for example), detailing the circumstances and motivations by which the new photograph was created.

Awakening the Eye

Robert Frank's American Cinema

Author: George Kouvaros

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452944830

Category: Photography

Page: 232

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Until now, celebrated photographer Robert Frank’s daring and unconventional work as a filmmaker has not been awarded the critical notice it deserves. In this timely volume, George Kouvaros surveys Frank’s films and videos and places them in the larger context of experimentation in American art and literature since World War II. Born in 1924, Frank emigrated from Switzerland to the United States in 1947 and quickly made his mark as a photojournalist. A 1955 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship allowed him to travel across the country, photographing aspects of American life that had previously received little attention. The resulting book, The Americans, with an Introduction by Jack Kerouac, is generally considered a landmark in the history of postwar photography. During the same period, Frank befriended other artists and writers, among them Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Gregory Corso, all of whom are featured in his first film, Pull My Daisy, which is narrated by Kerouac. This film set the terms for a new era of experimental filmmaking. By examining Frank’s films and videos, including Pull My Daisy, Me and My Brother, and Cocksucker Blues, in the framework of his more widely recognized photographic achievements, Kouvaros develops a model of cross-media history in which photography, film, and video are complicit in the search for fresh forms of visual expression. Awakening the Eye is an insightful, compelling, and, at times, moving account of Frank’s determination to forge a personal connection between the circumstances of his life and the media in which he works.

The Lines of My Hand

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783958293205

Category: Documentary photography

Page: 102

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After The Americans, The Lines of My Hand is arguably Robert Frank_s most important book and without doubt the publication that established his autobiographical, sometimes confessional, approach to bookmaking. The book was originally published by Yugensha in Tokyo in 1972, and this new Steidl edition, made in close collaboration with Robert Frank, follows and updates the first US edition by Lustrum Press of 1972. The Lines of My Hand is structured chronologically and presents selections from every stage of Frank_s work until 1972_from early photos in Switzerland in 1945_46, to images of his travels in Peru, Paris, Valencia, London and Wales, and to contact sheets from his 1955_56 journey through the US that resulted in The Americans and made him famous. Here too are intimate photos of Frank_s young family, later photo-collages and stills from films including Pull My Daisy (1959) and About Me: A Musical (1971). This structure itself mirrors the rhythm of Frank_s life but it is his short personal texts, like diary entries, that fully bring his voice into the book. In its original combination of text and image, its fearless self-reflection, and its insistence on photography and film as equal though different aspects of the artist_s visual language, The Lines of My Hand has become an inspiration for many photographers_not least Robert Frank himself, who continues and expands this approach in the visual diaries he makes today.

In America

Author: Robert Frank,Peter Galassi

Publisher: Steidl

ISBN: 9783869307350

Category: Photography

Page: 196

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Because of the importance of Robert Frank's "The Americans"; because he turned to filmmaking in 1959, the same year the book appeared in the United States; and because he made very different kinds of pictures when he returned to still photography in the 1970s, most of Frank's American work of the 1950s is poorly known. This book, based on the important Frank collection at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, is the first to focus on that work. Its careful sequence of 131 plates integrates 22 photographs from "The Americans" with more than 100 unknown or unfamiliar images to chart the major themes and pictorial strategies of Frank's work in the United States in the 1950s. Peter Galassi's text presents a thorough reconsideration of Frank's first photographic career and examines in detail how he used the full range of photography's vital 35mm vocabulary to reclaim the medium's artistic tradition from the hegemony of the magazines.