The Americans

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Scalo Verlag Ac

ISBN: N.A

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.

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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.

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.

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

London/Wales

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Steidl / Edition7L

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 126

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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 FrankThis 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.

The Lines of My Hand

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783958293205

Category:

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.

Richistan

A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Crown Business

ISBN: 0307409260

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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The rich have always been different from you and me, but this revealing and funny journey through “Richistan” entertainingly shows that they are more different than ever. Richistanis have 400-foot-yachts, 30,000-square-foot homes, house staffs of more than 100, and their own “arborists.” They’re also different from Old Money, and have torn down blue-blood institutions to build their own shining empire. Richistan is like the best travel writing, full of colorful and interesting stories providing insights into exotic locales. Robert Frank has been loitering on the docks of yacht marinas, pestering his way into charity balls, and schmoozing with real estate agents selling mega-houses to capture the story of the twenty-first century’s nouveau riche: House-training the rich. People with new wealth have to be taught how to act like, well, proper rich people. Just in the nick of time, there’s been a boom in the number of newly trained butlers—“household managers”—who will serve just the right cabernet when a Richistani’s new buddies from Palm Beach stop by. “My boat is bigger than your boat.” Only in Richistan would a 100-foot-boat be considered a dinghy. Personal pleasure craft have started to rival navy destroyers in size and speed. Richistan is also a place where friends make fun of those misers who buy the new girlfriend a mere Mercedes SLK. “You want my money? Prove that you’re helping the needy!” Richistanis are not only consuming like crazy, they’re also shaking up the establishment’s bureaucratic, slow-moving charity network, making lean, results-oriented philanthropy an important new driving force. Move over, Christian Coalition. Richistanis are more Democratic than Republican, “fed up and not going to take it anymore,” and willing to spend millions to get progressive-oriented politicians elected. “My name is Mike and I’m rich.” Think that money is the answer? Think again as Robert Frank explores the emotional complexities of wealth. And, as Robert Frank reveals, there is not one Richistan but three: Lower, Middle, and Upper, each of which has its own levels and distinctions of wealth —the haves and the have-mores. The influence of Richistan and the Richistanis extends well beyond the almost ten million households that make up its population, as the nonstop quest for status and an insatiable demand for luxury goods reshapes the entire American economy. From the Hardcover edition.

You Would

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Steidl Dap

ISBN: 9783869304182

Category: Photography

Page: 48

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Robert Frank is a humble photographer who makes humble books. Despite this humility - or perhaps because of it - Frank has produced some of the most important books in the history of photography. Steidl has long been committed to producing with Frank the definitive editions of books such as The Americans and Black White and Things, which have gone through many re-printings over the years, often without Frank's approval or knowledge. This season sees the release of the next instalment of Frank's Complete Film Works, as well as two books that reveal Frank's approach to book-making now. The re-edition of 2010's Tal Uf Tal Ab and the new You Would combine recent photographs, classic images and autobiographical texts in two affordable softcover volumes which possess an unassuming authority.

Black, White and Things

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Steidl Dap

ISBN: 9783865218087

Category: Photography

Page: 34

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Containing photographs taken between 1948 and 1952, Black White and Things was in its original form a book hand-crafted by Robert Frank in 1952. Frank made three identical copies designed by Werner Zryd, each with spiral binding and original photographs. Printed for an exhibition at the National Gallery in Washington in 1994, Frank has now redesigned the book. Separated into three categories "black", "white", and "things", which are shaped more by mood than subject matter, the book traces Frank's travels to cities such as Paris, New York, Valencia and St. Louis. In the white section for instance, he brings photographs of vastly different motifs under a single aesthetic umbrella - his first wife reclining with their new-born baby, peasants squatting against a flaking wall in Peru, and a business man strolling past a snowdecked tree in London.

The Open Road

Photography and the American Road Trip

Author: David Campany

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781597112406

Category: PHOTOGRAPHY

Page: 336

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After the end of World War II, the American road trip began appearing prominently in literature, music, movies, and photography. Many photographers embarked on trips across the U.S. in order to create work, including Robert Frank, whose seminal 1955 road trip resulted in The Americans. However, he was preceded by Edward Weston, who traveled across the country taking pictures to illustrate Walt Whitmans Leaves of Grass; Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose 1947 trip through the American South and into the West was published in the early 1950s in Harpers Bazaar; and Ed Ruscha, whose road trips between Los Angeles and Oklahoma later became Twentysix Gasoline Stations. Hundreds of photographers have continued the tradition of the photographic road trip on down to the present, from Stephen Shore to Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs. The Open Road considers the photographic road trip as a genre in and of itself, and presents the story of photographers for whom the American road is muse. The book features David Campanys introduction to the genre and eighteen chapters presented chronologically, each exploring one American road trip in depth through a portfolio of images and informative texts, highlighting some of the most important bodies of work made on the road from The Americans to present day.

Tal Uf Tal Ab

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Steidl Dap

ISBN: 9783869301013

Category: Photography

Page: 40

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"Tal Uf Tal Ab is Swiss-German. It means direction up the valley - down the valley. Now I live and wait and think mostly in the places I live - New York City and Mabou N.S." Robert Frank. Tal Uf Tal Ab is a book of new photographs by Robert Frank. Frank's subjects are his life now, an inquisitive existence shaped by memory: newsstands, streetscapes, portraits of friends and his wife June Leaf, interiors, a self-portrait. This book is the latest phase in Frank's unceasing exploration of photography, and a humble yet important progression in the medium of the photobook.

The Financial Diaries

How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty

Author: Jonathan Morduch,Rachel Schneider

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400884594

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

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What the financial diaries of working-class families reveal about economic stresses, why they happen, and what policies might reduce them Deep within the American Dream lies the belief that hard work and steady saving will ensure a comfortable retirement and a better life for one's children. But in a nation experiencing unprecedented prosperity, even for many families who seem to be doing everything right, this ideal is still out of reach. In The Financial Diaries, Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider draw on the groundbreaking U.S. Financial Diaries, which follow the lives of 235 low- and middle-income families as they navigate through a year. Through the Diaries, Morduch and Schneider challenge popular assumptions about how Americans earn, spend, borrow, and save—and they identify the true causes of distress and inequality for many working Americans. We meet real people, ranging from a casino dealer to a street vendor to a tax preparer, who open up their lives and illustrate a world of financial uncertainty in which even limited financial success requires imaginative—and often costly—coping strategies. Morduch and Schneider detail what families are doing to help themselves and describe new policies and technologies that will improve stability for those who need it most. Combining hard facts with personal stories, The Financial Diaries presents an unparalleled inside look at the economic stresses of today's families and offers powerful, fresh ideas for solving them.

Robert Frank

Film Works

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Steidl Dap

ISBN: 9783958290365

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Page: 400

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The significance of Robert Frank's photography is unquestionable. His The Americans is arguably the most important American photography publication of the postwar period, and his work has spawned numerous disciples, as well as a rich critical literature. It is less known that at the very moment he became a star--the end of the 1950s--Frank chose to abandon still photography for more than ten years in order to immerse himself in filmmaking. He did return to photography in the 1970s, but Frank the filmmaker has remained a well-kept secret for almost four decades. A compilation examining his missing years is long overdue. Film Works includes four DVDs in PAL and NTSC format, and comes with the book Frank Films (edited by Brigitta Burger-Utzer and Stefan Grissemann)--offering a visually unique approach to Frank's films--and the booklets Me & My Brother and Pull My Daisy, all packaged in a custom-made wooden case. This elaborate object provides a comprehensive overview of more than 25 films and videos, some of them classics of the New American Cinema of the 1950s and 1960s. Digital Mastering by Assemblage Inc./Laura Israel.


Robert Frank

Hold Still - Keep Going

Author: Ute Eskildsen

Publisher: Steidl

ISBN: 9783865218124

Category: Photography

Page: 168

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Originally published to coincide with Robert Frank's exhibition HOLD STILL_keep going at Germany's Museum Folkwang, Essen, in 2001, this book explores the filmic aspects of Frank's photography. The interaction between the still and moving image permeates Frank's oeuvre, from his early still photographs, to his concentration on filmmaking in the 1960s and his use of both thereafter. Adopting a non-chronological approach that juxtaposes work from a career spanning more than 60 years, this volume collects prints, film stills and collages, as well as sequences of still photography arranged like fragments from films. Frank's use of text is also crucial, both in his films (in the form of scripted and improvised dialogue), and through words handwritten on the photographs.

Robert Frank

New York to Nova Scotia

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Steidl Dap

ISBN: N.A

Category: Photography

Page: 111

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The chronology and personal spirit of Frank's complex career as a photographer and filmmaker are evoked through these previously unpublished letters, pictures, reviews and essays, as well as through 18 of his classic photographs.

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.

Photography After Frank

Author: Philip Gefter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781597110952

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 223

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In Photography After Frank, former New York Times writer and picture editor Philip Gefter presents the tale of contemporary photography, starting with a pivotal moment: Robert Franks seminal work in the 1950s. Along the way, he connects the dots of photographys transformation into what it is today. Gefter begins with Franks challenge to the notion of photographys objectivity with the grainy, off-handed spontaneity of The Americans. Next comes the staged document and postmodernisms further challenge to image fidelity. Other themes are photojournalism, the diversity of portraiture, the influence of private and corporate collections on curatorial decisions, and how the market shapes art making. Throughout the book, Gefter deftly connects Franks legacy with the work of dozens of important individual artists who followed in his wake, from Lee Friedlander and Nan Goldin to Stephen Shore and Ryan McGinley. The book includes texts written exclusively for this publication as well as essays drawn from Gefters critical writings, reviews, and even obituaries. Photography After Frank offers a page-turning yet journalistic approach bound to appeal to students and artworld aficionados, alike.