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Printed in the 1970s.

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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  • Pickup Location: Massachusetts, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.25 x 13.5 in. (23.5 x 34.29 cm.)
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