"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.
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.
Images are from the press kit.