Robert Frank is an American photographer and filmmaker, commonly known for his revealing photographic book The Americans.
In 1955, Frank secured the Guggenheim grant to fund his various road trips across America in order to reveal the American life, dream and nature. Frank traveled across America, snapshotting images that through the ordinary eye would be seen as mundane, whilst revealing a lot of things under the surface. He photographed everyday life, going through an estimated seven hundred roles of film. These seven hundred roles were eventually condensed down into eighty-three images and published by Robert Delpire in 1958.
Many photographers today see Frank’s work as the photographic equivalent to the Great American Novel, with Jack Kerouac quoted in saying that “with one hand he [Frank] sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film”.
Many people today say that Frank’s The American’s changed the face of photography through those eighty-three simple black and white images. Although the book was not well received when first published, today the book is seen as the most influential photo book of the 20th century.
“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” ― Robert Frank
(All photographs belong to Robert Frank)