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Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans

by Sarah Greenough

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Published to accompany a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009 and 2010, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this prescient book. Drawing on newly examined archival sources, it provides a fascinating in-depth examination of the making of the photographs and the book's construction, using vintage contact sheets, work prints, and letters that literally chart Frank's journey around the country on a Guggenheim grant in 1955/56. Curator and editor Sarah Greenough and her colleagues also explore the roots of The Americans in Frank's earlier books, which are abundantly illustrated here, and in books by photographers Walker Evans, Bill Brandt, and others. The eighty-three original photographs from The Americans are presented in sequence in as near vintage prints as possible. The catalogue concludes with an examination of Frank's later reinterpretations and deconstructions of The Americans, bringing full circle the history of this resounding entry in the annals of photography.… (more)

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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.
Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans" celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this prescient book. Drawing on newly examined archival sources, it provides a fascinating in-depth examination of the making of the photographs and the book's construction, using vintage contact sheets, work prints and letters that literally chart Frank's journey around the country on a Guggenheim grant in 1955–56. Curator and editor Sarah Greenough and her colleagues also explore the roots of The Americans in Frank's earlier books, which are abundantly illustrated here, and in books by photographers Walker Evans, Bill Brandt and others. The 83 original photographs from The Americans are presented in sequence in as near vintage prints as possible. The catalogue concludes with an examination of Frank's later reinterpretations and deconstructions of The Americans, bringing full circle the history of this resounding entry in the annals of photography. This volume is a reprint of the 2009 edition.
  petervanbeveren | Jan 26, 2019 |
A comprehensive look at the making of the seminal photographs and the controversial book published by Robert Frank fifty years ago. Includes a ton of primary source materials such as Frank’s original Guggenheim Grant draft, Jack Kerouac’s typed introduction, proof sheets containing each of the images that make up the book, The Americans, and personal correspondences with giants in the field like Walker Evans and Edward Steichen. Adding value to the book are insightful essays about Frank’s life and work by several noted contributors. Contains many reproductions, including all 83 photographs as originally sequenced and cropped. A weighty book, no matter how you look at it (7 lbs/528 pages of a photographic genius at work). ( )
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[A] massive, helpful, and handsome catalogue.
added by Shortride | editHarper's Magazine, Francine Prose (pay site) (Jan 1, 2010)
 

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