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Looking in : Robert Frank's The Americans

Author: Sarah Greenough; Stuart Alexander; National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Publisher: Washington : National Gallery of Art ; [Göttingen] : Steidl ; New York, NY : Distributed in North America by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2009.
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"First published in France in 1958, then the United States in 1959, Robert Frank's The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. In eighty-three 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition, pictorial works
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Named Person: Robert Frank; Robert Frank; Robert Frank; Robert Frank; Robert Frank
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Greenough; Stuart Alexander; National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
ISBN: 9783865218063 3865218067 9783865217486 3865217486
OCLC Number: 216939575
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Jan. 18-Apr. 26, 2009; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 16-Aug. 23, 2009; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sept. 22-Dec. 27, 2009.
Awards: Short-listed for And/Or Book Awards: Best Photography Book 2010
Description: xxi, 374 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Foreword / Earl A. Powell III --
Introduction / Sarah Greenough --
Zurich to New York, 1924-1954 --
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1955-1957 --
Americans, 1958-1959 --
Destroying The Americans, 1960-2008 --
Acknowledgments / Sarah Greenough.
Responsibility: Sarah Greenough ; with contributed essays by Stuart Alexander [and others].

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