Robert Frank

Robert Frank (1924, Zurich. Living in USA since 1947) is a fundamental photographer. He is one of the few that have left a deep mark in the visual language.

For us, he represents a life turning point, both in the artistic education and in the way we understand the world. The learning of his work has supposed a transformation in our life. It’s not a minor issue, his masterpiece “The Americans” is like to dive into a completely unknown world, twilight wonderful.

It´s true that it is his most popular work, but in the history of photography is an irreplaceable milestone. A frontier of a visual adventure hidden and unheard until then. An ecstasy non-devoid of some epical character.

 

“Life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”


 

 

Frank travelled across USA in 1955 for a project with John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.  He wanted to observe and document the country as an upstart would do, without prejudices. During a year and almost without money, he made close to 30.000 photos and 17.000 km, in a country that, once II World War was ended, was settling down as world's leading political and economic power.  A rich community in the consumer society, something unthinkable in any other place all over the world.

After months of editing, Frank selected and laid out a book with 83 photographs. One image in each two-page spread.

Something must be left to the spectator. It has to be something to see. It is not all said for him”.  R. Frank.

The book wasn´t published in USA until 1960, two years after Robert Delpire did it in France, and it was a resounding critic and commercial failure. The author received almost $800 and was converted overnight to an agitator that churn against the hand that feed him. Something anti-American. Today we can´t understand photography without Robert Frank and this work.

“The Americans changed the nature of photography, what it could say and how it could say it. (…) it remains perhaps the most influential photography book of the 20th century”. Sean O´Hagan for The Guardian in 2014.



 

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