The Americans, Robert Frank

'The Trolley', New Orleans, 1955 Robert Frank

'The Trolley', New Orleans, 1955 Robert Frank

First published in Paris 1958 Robert Frank’s book ‘The Americans’ was unsparing look at America – a society of alienation and despair held together with a thin weave of patriotism. Its initial impact is hard to comprehend today, but it was a revelation – not least for its seeming lack of direct agenda. Frank was drifting through the streets in his portrait of the then modern America – in the same vein as Jack Kerouac would in ‘On the Road’. These are random portraits but all the more powerful for it – a power which still holds true in the images today.

Robert Frank, 'Rodeo' New York 1956

'Rodeo', Robert Frank, New York 1956

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One response to “The Americans, Robert Frank

  1. They don’t make them like that cowboy anymore. Not in NYC anyhow.

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