Robert Frank's Beat America


"The Americans" is the most celebrated body of work by the documentarian Robert Frank. Considered as one of America's national photographic treasures, Frank's diary of the "American way of life" post-war reveal the socio-political issues that pervade to this day.

The series is considered as the classic photography book of the Beats Generation, where Frank reveals racism, violence, consumerism to be culture-defining traits of the Land of the Free.

Wellfleet, Massachusett, 1962; Pour la Fille, 1980; Rodeo, Detroit, 1955

First published in France, 1958, the photographs are a zoomed view of both high and low classes in American society, thus creating individual, and varying interpretations of what it means to be "American". After returning to New York, Frank met Jack Kerouac in a party and showed him the images, in which Kerouac agreed to write something about the photographs. Hence becoming a very important

Catch the show Robert Frank: The Americans in Albertina, Vienna, which will run through January 21, 2018.

Cafeteria, San Francisco, 1956; Funeral, St., Helena, South Carolina, 1955; Drugstore, Detroit,1955; Trolley, New Orleans, 1956; Paris, 1949

Images are from the press kit.

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  1. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    A great phographer. Not only for the "Americans". For example, his series "From the bus"… , "People you don't see"… and his book "Valencia" are my preferred works of this great artist

  2. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    the bus window framing is very outloud speak about the theme

  3. mtsteve
    mtsteve ·

    @sirio174 Thanks for sharing this

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