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Printed in the 1970's. Reproduced on page 101 of "The Americans."

Robert Frank (b. 1924, Zurich, Switzerland) is an acclaimed American photographer and filmmaker. After apprenticing in Switzerland and working as a commercial photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, Frank traveled extensively in South America in the late 1940s, a period that yielded his acclaimed portraits of Peruvian people. Frank’s champions included Edward Steichen, then the director of the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, and revered photographer Walker Evans. Frank was a two-time recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in the 1950s, enabling him to travel freely through the US and photograph its people, places, and roads; the result was his 1958 photographic book Les Américains (The Americans), whose stark depictions of postwar America were at odds with the more wholesome popular imagery of the time. Refined from an initial 27,000 frames, and accompanied by a preface from Jack Kerouac, the 83 images in The Americans would come to be regarded as the definitive visual testament to that era of American society.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Surface Cracking
Area: Margin
Location: Lower right
Notes: A few minor cracks in margin, lower right bottom.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • Private collection Tom Gitterman Yancey Richardson Private collection
  • Pickup Location: Georgia, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 12 in. (20.32 x 30.48 cm.)
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