Robert Frank: The Americans

Photographed by Robert Frank
Introduction by Jack Kerouac

Steidl | May 15, 2008 | Hardcover

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First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank's The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. In 83 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 56 years ago.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 180 pages, 7.25 × 8.25 × 0.8 in

Published: May 15, 2008

Publisher: Steidl

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 386521584X

ISBN - 13: 9783865215840

Found in: Art and Architecture

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Robert Frank: The Americans

Robert Frank: The Americans

Photographed by Robert Frank
Introduction by Jack Kerouac

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 180 pages, 7.25 × 8.25 × 0.8 in

Published: May 15, 2008

Publisher: Steidl

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 386521584X

ISBN - 13: 9783865215840

From the Publisher

First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank's The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. In 83 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 56 years ago.

About the Author

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922. His first novel, The Town and the City, was published in 1950. He considered all of his "true story novels," including On the Road, to be chapters of "one vast book," his autobiographical Legend of Duluoz. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969 at the age of forty-seven.