The “Unseen” Photography of Robert Frank The “Unseen” Photography of Robert Frank

The “Unseen” Photography of Robert Frank

An Interview with Martin Gasser
Ania Diduch, Wojtek Wieteska
time 4 minutes

60 years ago, Swiss-American photographer Robert Frank’s photobook The Americans was published in the US. A series of striking images shot on the road, Frank’s collection cut through the country’s supposed post-war prosperity to show a side of American society ridden with anxiety, despair and loneliness. Jack Kerouac, the Beat poet who wrote the introduction to The Americans, put it thusly: “To Robert Frank I now give you this message: You got eyes.”

Wnętrze wystawy/fragment ekspozycji: stykówka The Americans.
Wnętrze wystawy/fragment ekspozycji: stykówka The Americans.

Frank himself may have had


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