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Postcards from the road by Jonathan Day 28 March Category: Photographic Collections. Walker Evans said in his introduction to Robert Frank's The Americans, "For the thousandth time, it must be said that pictures speak for themselves, wordlessly, visually, or they fail.
With their candid images of men and women from all classes and walks of life, the photographs presented a very different story than that portrayed by the wholesome caricature of midcentury prosperity pervading American photography at the time. Although initially dismissed by his peers for his pioneering work, Frank was ultimately credited with changing the course of the art form, and his photography holds a secure status in the history of twentieth-century art.
Robert Frank’s America
And he did all this without words. The care that he took in selecting and sequencing the final eighty-three photographs brings to mind the painstaking, surgical work of a poet, slicing away excess, selecting images and moods for somber, supple or ironic effect.
In The Americans , this image is the closest that Frank comes to a self-portrait, and in keeping with the way he caught our country off-guard but kindly, coolly, it is perhaps more revealing than any direct portrait could have been. Previous Next. Search Curator Search for:.
Robert Frank: Looking in at The Americans. Robert Frank b. Charles Swedlund, Nudes , , gelatin silver print. Together they form a sexy history of photography, where bodies appear as portraits or allegories, as objects of desire or vehicles of commerce. All Rights Reserved.
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