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Author: Sarah Greenough; Stuart Alexander; National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Gallery of Art ; [Göttingen] : Steidl, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : Expanded edView all editions and formats
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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
Exhibitions
Expositions
Pictorial works Exhibitions
Ouvrages illustrés Expositions
Named Person: 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: 301667644
Notes: This edition also includes reproductions of the contact sheets for "The Americans", map, chronology, appendix, correspondence and archival documents.
Awards: Shortlisted for And/Or Book Awards: Best Photography Book 2010.
Description: xxi, 506 pages : illustrations (some color), map, portraits ; 30 cm
Contents: Zurich to New York, 1924-1954. Resisting intelligence : Zurich to New York / Sarah Greenough ; Robert Frank and Louis Faurer / Anne Wilkes Tucker ; Robert Frank and Edward Steichen / Stuart Alexander --
Guggenheim fellowship, 1955-1957. Disordering the senses : Guggenheim fellowship / Sarah Greenough ; Robert Frank and Gotthard Schuh / Martin Gasser ; Robert Frank and Walker Evans / Jeff L. Rosenheim --
The Americans, 1958-1959. Transforming destiny into awareness : the Americans / Sarah Greenough ; Robert Frank and Robert Delpire ; Interview with Robert Delpire / Michel Frizot ; Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac / Luc Sante --
Destroying The Americans, 1960-2008. Blowing down Bleecker Street : destroying The Americans / Sarah Greenough ; The silence of recognition : exhibiting Robert Frank's Americans / Philip Brookman.
Other Titles: Robert Frank's The Americans
Responsibility: Sarah Greenough ; with contributing essays by Stuart Alexander [and others].

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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, overlooked corners of American life. And it was not just his subject matter - cars, jukeboxes, and even the road itself - that redefined the icons of America; it was also his seemingly intuitive, immediate, off-kilter style, as well as his method of brilliantly linking his photographs together thematically, conceptually, formally, and linguistically, that made The Americans so innovative. More of an ode or a poem than a literal document, the book is as powerful and provocative today as it was fifty years ago."--Jacket.

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