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American witness : the art and life of Robert Frank

Author: R J Smith
Publisher: New York, NY : Da Capo Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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" ... American Witness is the first comprehensive look at the life of a man who's as mysterious and evasive as he is prolific and gifted. Leaving his rigid Switzerland for the more fluid United States in 1947, Frank found himself at the red-hot social center of bohemian New York in the '50s and '60s, becoming friends with everyone from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky to photographer Walker Evans,
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Robert Frank; Robert Frank
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R J Smith
ISBN: 9780306823367 0306823365
OCLC Number: 1008588498
Description: viii, 327 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portratis ; 24 cm
Contents: "Brush" --
Flags and mirrors --
A step away from them --
Road trips and mind trips --
Early morning in the universe --
Like jumping in the water --
First thought, best thought --
The network of human mayonnaise --
Touched by the hand of God --
New projects --
An impressive bunch of guys --
Finally, reality --
A Lucite spaceship --
Sick of goodby's --
Bobby hot dog.
Other Titles: Art and life of Robert Frank
Responsibility: RJ Smith.

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"American Witness is a definitive portrait of a singular artist and the country that he saw, making it unreservedly recommended."--Midwest Book Review "American Witness anecdotally demonstrates Read more...

 
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