Monday, April 25, 2011

Photographer Profile ~ Robert Frank

Catching his subjects off-guard with a camera peeking from his jacket, the photographer Robert Frank 'captured a sad poem right out of America on to film' ~ his friend Jack Kerouac.

Considered one of the most influential figures in the history of photography, Robert Frank has redefined the aesthetic of both the still and film, Soon after immigrating from Zurich to New York in 1947, he was hired by Harper's Bazaar as a fashion photographer. He soon left to travel in South America and Europe. He created a hand-made book of photographs that he shot in Peru and returned to the U.S. in 1950. That year was momentous for Frank, who, after meeting Edward Steichen, participated in the group show '51 American Photographers' at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA);

With the aid of his major artistic influence, the photographer Walker Evans, Frank received his first Guggenheim Fellowship in 1955, then embarked on a two-year journey across America during which he took over 28,000 images. Just 83 made it into the groundbreaking monograph The American's.

Robert Frank  ~ London & Wales

See these links for more on Robert Frank
The American's
Rolling Stone's Video by Robert Frank!

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