Robert Frank  (Swiss, 1924) 


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Robert Frank Biography
1924   Born in Zurich, Switzerland
1941 - 1944   Began a series of apprenticeships and employment positions as a photographer’s assistant in Switzerland
1947   Soon after his emigration to New York in 1947, Alexey Brodovitch hired Frank as a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar
1955   Guggenheim Fellowship; also 1956
1955 - 1957   Embarked on a two-year trip across America during which he took over 28,000 pictures
1959   Frank began making films
1970 - 1971   American Film Institute grant
1985   Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie Erich Salomon Prize
1987   Friends of Photography Peer Award for a Distinguished Career in Photography
1996   Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography
1999   Honorary Ph.D. from the University of Göteborg
2000   International Center of Photography Cornell Capa Infinity Award
2002   Edward MacDowell Medal
  Robert Frank lives and works in New York City and Nova Scotia
Selected Exhibitions
2009   Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (solo)
2008 - 2009   Robert Frank: Paris, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2008   Robert Frank: Lo straniero americano, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy (solo)
2007   Robert Frank: Words, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile (solo)
2005   Robert Frank: Argumentos, Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2004 - 2005   Robert Frank: Storylines, Tate Modern, London, UK; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland; Fotostiftung Schweiz (Schweizerische Stiftung für die Photographie), Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
2003   Robert Frank: London/Wales, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (solo)
2003   Robert Frank Photographs, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX (solo)
2002   Robert Frank, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ON (solo)
2002   Time Distance Memory / ROBERT FRANK: Selected Works 1948-1961 - Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY (solo)
2002   Robert Frank: A Selection 1948 - 1961, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000 - 2001   Robert Frank: HOLD STILL – Keep Going, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
1998   Robert Frank: The Americans, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI (solo)
1997   Robert Frank, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden (solo)
1995   Robert Frank: The Americans, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (solo)
1993   Robert Frank and the everyday, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC (solo)
1987   Robert Frank: New York to Nova Scotia, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany (solo)
1985   Robert Frank: Fotografias/Films 1948-1984, Sala Parpallo, Valencia, Spain (solo)
1980   The New American Filmmakers Series: Robert Frank, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
1979   Robert Frank: Photographer/Filmmaker, Works from 1945-1979, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA (solo)
1962   Photographs by Harry Callahan and Robert Frank, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1961   Robert Frank: Photographer, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
1950   51 American Photographers, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Selected Public Collections
  FAIF Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Stiftung fur die Photographie, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland
  Tate Modern, London, UK
  Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
  George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
  Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris, France
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2004   Storylines
2003   Frank Films: the film and video work of robert frank
2003   London/Wales
2001   HOLD STILL . . . Keep Going
1996   Thank You
1996   Flamingo
1994   Moving Out
1993   Black White and Things
1989   Lines of My Hand
1986   New York to Nova Scotia
1958 - 1959   The Americans