Photographer's Note

1.My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished.
2.There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough - there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.
3. You do your work as a photographer and everything becomes past. Words are more like thoughts; the photographer's picture is always surrounded by a kind of romantic glamor - no matter what you do, and how you twist it.
Robert Frank

Robert Frank (born November 9, 1924, Zürich), is an important figure in American photography and film. His most notable work, the 1958 photobook titled The Americans, was influential, and earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and skeptical outsider's view of American society. Frank later expanded into film and video and experimented with compositing and manipulating photographs.

“In the last thirty years Robert Frank has become something of a hero to several generations of artists, for both his art and the events of his life are so compelling that they provide fertile ground for the growth of popular legend. In 1947, at the age of twenty-two, he emigrated from his native Switzerland to the United States, leaving behind a secure if constrained and predictable existence. Although he quickly achieved a certain degree of commercial success, he was never comfortable working for others and conforming to the expectations of society, and so he wandered from New York to South America to Paris, Spain, London, and Wales, in search of something more. A man of great, if quiet ambition, Frank returned to the United States in 1953 and embarked upon a project with epic proportions and far-ranging consequences: he sought no less than to document a civilization. The resulting publication, The Americans, was- and continues to be – a startling revelation. At a time when this country promoted a wholesale and unambiguous image of itself, Frank looked beneath the surface, scrutinizing the culture with honest but passionate vision to reveal a profound sense of alienation, angst, and loneliness....etc...W...

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