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Robert Frank
The Americans - 50th Anniversary Edition (First Steidl Edition)

Photographs by Robert Frank

Text by Jack Kerouac (English)

Steidl, 2008

50th Anniversary edition

Hardcover with dustjacket and red obi

180 pp., b/w illustrated throughout

209 x 184 mm

ISBN 978-3-86521-584-0

Item #1600

0.900 1600 EUR 350.00 Add to Cart

First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank’s The Americanschanged 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 Frank’s 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-six years ago.

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