The Americans

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The Americans

The arresting images in Robert Frank’s The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography, going deep beneath the surface level of mid-century American life.


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The arresting images in Robert Frank’s The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography, going deep beneath the surface level of mid-century American life.

Story

Robert Frank’s The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. Originally published in the United States in 1959, the 83 arresting images contained within go deep beneath the surface level of American life. On the one hand, the viewer is confronted with racism, political discontent, and a people rendered numb by a growing culture of consumption — on the other, the beauty of simple iconic pastimes, from cars to jukeboxes. Frank’s intuitive, confrontational eye and his flair for pulling together disparate imagery under one brilliantly coherent theme make this one of the most innovative collections of photography to date, as powerful and provocative today as it was more than 50 years ago.

Specs
  • Hardcover
  • 180 Pages
  • 7.5" H x 8.8" W
  • Published 2008 by Steidl, Gerhard Druckerei und Verlag.
Origin
  • Printed in Germany