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Robert Frank (1) (1924–2019)

Author of The Americans

For other authors named Robert Frank, see the disambiguation page.

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Works by Robert Frank

The Americans (1958) 941 copies
Robert Frank: Moving Out (1994) 140 copies
The Lines of My Hand (1972) 127 copies
Black White and Things (1994) 84 copies
Robert Frank (1985) 63 copies
Paris (2008) 50 copies
Thank You (1996) 49 copies
Robert Frank: London/Wales (2003) 48 copies
Come Again (2006) 39 copies
Flamingo (1997) 38 copies
Robert Frank (1976) 37 copies
Robert Frank: In America (2014) 35 copies
Peru: Photographs (2008) 30 copies
Pangnirtung (2011) — Photographer — 17 copies
Robert Frank: Portfolio (2009) 16 copies
One hour (1992) 15 copies
You Would (1745) 14 copies
Tal uf Tal Ab (2010) 12 copies
Robert Frank: Park / Sleep (2013) 10 copies
Good days quiet (2019) 6 copies
Partida (2014) — Photographer — 6 copies
Valencia 1952 (2012) 5 copies
Robert Frank: Household Inventory Record (2013) — Photographer — 5 copies
Robert Frank Film Works (2016) 4 copies
Pull My Daisy [1959 film] (1959) — Director — 3 copies
Jungjin Lee: Desert (2018) 3 copies
Flower is... (1987) 1 copy
Hej, ne zelim odrasti! (2016) 1 copy

Associated Works

New Order: Item — Director — 7 copies


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Containing photographs taken between 1948 and 1952, Black White and Things was in it´s 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 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 unser 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 snow-decked tree in London.

For Frank, as always, his aim is a humble one shaped by sentiment: "somber people and black events / quiet people and peaceful places / and the things people have come in contact with / this, I try to show in my photographs."
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petervanbeveren | Sep 10, 2023 |
"THE" fundamental book for the evolution of American photography in the second part of the XX century.
d.v. | 17 other reviews | May 16, 2023 |
Robert Frank_s film One Hour is a single-take of Frank and actor Kevin O_Connor either walking or riding in the back of a mini-van through a few blocks of Manhattan_s Lower East side. Shot between 3:45 and 4:45 pm on 26 July, 1990 the film presents the curious experience of eavesdropping involuntarily on strangers. It appears to be a document of a journey but is also a kind of stream of consciousness retracing the same patterns and spaces. This book is a reprint of a little-known Frank publication first issued by Hanuman Books in 1992, a tiny book, comprising mainly a transcription of the dialogue heard but also two pages of credits: half a dozen production or crew workers and 27 actors. Unravelling the apparent documentary nature of the film, there is also an acknowledgement that the film has a script (by Frank and his assistant, Michal Rovner), that a conversation heard in a diner is written by Mika Moses, and that Peter Orlovsky's lines (intercepted by Frank roughly halfway through the hour, in front of the Angelika Cinema on Houston Street) are 'total improvisation'… (more)
petervanbeveren | Feb 24, 2023 |
Interesting book of American photographs from the '50s. Reflects the society of the time: youth problems, racism, etc. Considered a classic. The book came out in 1959, but the photography trip was from 1955.
kslade | 17 other reviews | Dec 8, 2022 |


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