The Americans by Robert Frank

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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. And it was not just Frank's subject matter--cars, jukeboxes and even the road itself-that redefined the icons of America; it was also his seemingly intuitive, immediate, off-kilter style, as well as his method of brilliantly linking his photographs together thematically, conceptually, formally and linguistically, that made The Americans so innovative. More of an ode or a poem than a literal document, the book is as powerful and provocative today as it was 56 years ago.
 

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Frank's is a photographer, whose book "The Americans" is arguably the most famous photography book of all time.
 
Published January 12, 1986 by Pantheon. 179 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel, History. Non-fiction

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In his attempt to replicate Walker Evans?s celebrated documentation of the Great Depression, Frank abandoned the sharp focus, even framing, and careful lighting characteristic of postwar photography, a style Frank had mastered in his work for clients such as Vogue, Fortune, Life, and Harper?s Baz...

Jul 04 2008 | Read Full Review of The Americans

New York Magazine

His mentor, Walker Evans (Woody Guthrie to Frank’s Dylan), helped him secure a Guggenheim fellowship in 1955, and Frank traveled the country for a year, shooting 767 rolls of film—more than 27,000 images.

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