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Photogs / Photo Exhibits This is the place to discuss a particular Photographer (work, style, life, whatever), as well as to post Gallery and Museum Photo Exhibitions and your own impressions of them. As we march on in this new digital world, it is often too easy to forget about the visual importance of the photographic print, as well as their financial importance to the photographer. It is also interesting to remember that some guy named Gene Smith shot with lenses that many lens test reading "never had a picture published in their life" amateurs would turn up their their noses at, as being "unacceptable."

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RIP Robert Frank
Old 09-10-2019   #1
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RIP Robert Frank

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/a...rank-dead.html

94 is a long life, but it’s still a shame he is gone. I love his aesthetic, and I loved The Americans the moment I first saw it.

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Old 09-10-2019   #2
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Ah, to live so long.

I do love his work. The Americans is one of my Go-To Bibles for reference on documentary photography.

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Old 09-10-2019   #3
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"The Americans" is fabulous, really one of the greatest photo books ever made.


Robert Frank, thank you.


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Old 09-10-2019   #4
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Sad news but a long inspiring life. The Americans is always close and prominent in my book case and I am always referring back to it for inspiration.
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Old 09-10-2019   #5
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Old 09-10-2019   #6
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Good-bye, Robert, and thanks for the memorable images.
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Old 09-10-2019   #7
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If you love the Americans, get the big fat expanded edition that was put out maybe a decade ago. More information than you will ever need.

Sad that another great photographer is gone. Peter Lindburgh died this week too.
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Old 09-10-2019   #8
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Rest in Peace.
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Old 09-10-2019   #9
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RIP, a pioneer of travel and life photography
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https://images.app.goo.gl/1434gE4dzkF5JLg56

Car accident, between Winslow and Flagstaff

You can still photograph some of what RF saw in Arizona on Route 66...not much on its I-40 replacement, unless you like shooting passersby out the driver window at 70mph. In his road photos, he conveyed the dislocation, dread, and longing of people made into permanent strangers by the American freedom to travel vast distances and leave everything behind but the horizon.
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Old 09-10-2019   #11
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I loved "The Americans". But he also did excellent other work. A true original mind and eye. Ninety-four is a long life and he lived his well. He will be missed.
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Gosh. It feels as if photography itself was orphaned today. RIP.
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Old 09-10-2019   #13
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The Americans captured an alternative take on life in the USA during the late 50’s. Frank was an immigrant and interpreted his environment as an outsider. As an outsider, both age and nationality wise, I appreciate his point of view. This said, I’ve never liked The Americans as a photo book, per se but appreciate it as his take on what he saw around him. When it comes to documenting the late 50's zeitgeist, however, I prefer Jack Kerouac’s On The Road…which offers more detail and definition.
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Old 09-10-2019   #14
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A sad news. I recently bought "Come again" by Robert Frank which is a beautiful example of polaroid photos notes taken in Beirut, 1991 and simply stitched with tape on a note book. I read that when Gerhard Steidl saw it decided to print it exactly as it was without ant correction or improvement.

Thanks Robert for the inspiration.
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He is iconic. As any icon he stays with us.
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Robert Frank's contribution to America and the world is truly significant. His influence has to be felt by even those who never saw his actual images, but given the power they conveyed beyond the paper they were printed on.

May he rest peacefully.
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Old 09-10-2019   #17
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I thought he would live as long as David Douglas Duncan.

I really liked his " The Americans" book.

Rest in Peace Robert Frank.
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Such a sad loss . RIP
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I was really sad to read about this today. Found to his work later than to many other photographers but really appreciate his photography.


His work (especially The Americans) will stick with many people, that's a great thing to leave to us.
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While reading the article Marty links to above, I followed a few clicks and came across a few other in depth article about Robert Frank, his work, his life and his art.

Long piece with an interview from 2008 in Vanity Fair

Another in depth piece looking at his life and work from the New York Times from 2015

And finally, a New York Times Magazine article from 1994

It's kind of interesting, the tone of most of the articles is "Here is an artist at the end of his days", even the one from 1994, and yet he just kept on going and going.

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This one is particularly insightful, and contains the incredible quote “What it conveys is how it feels to be violated wherever you go”.

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All these New York Times links seem to be behind a pay wall .
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Robert Frank (for me) was one of the great artists of all time. His work fundamentally changed the way I looked and made my way thru the wold.
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Was one of my photo heroes. RIP.
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For you newbies.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Frank
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Old 09-10-2019   #26
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A great loss, but a far greater legacy.

We are all the more fortunate for his life and work.


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From June 1955 thru the spring of 1956, for a period of nine months, Robert Frank had driven over 10,000 miles across more than 30 states [out of a total of 48]. In all, he had taken 27,000 photographs. When he returned to New York in 1956, he whittled those images down to 1,000 large prints. He tacked and stapled the photos around his apartment like wallpaper. After four months, he chose just 83 of them for his book, "The Americans".

Frank also did film... his 1972 documentary of the Rolling Stones, "Cocksucker Blues" is maybe his best known.
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All these New York Times links seem to be behind a pay wall .
You should be able to get 2 free articles a month, but it's cookie limited and IP linked, so if you've looked at anything else you might get locked out.

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If you love the Americans, get the big fat expanded edition that was put out maybe a decade ago. More information than you will ever need.
I have it, and yes, it is well worth getting, and the text is very interesting.

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Old 09-11-2019   #29
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I looked hard at The Americans, and kept waiting for more by him. When I finally saw The Lines of My Hand, I was shocked and angry - I had no idea what it was about. At last, I realised these were some of the saddest pictures I'd ever seen.

Goodbye Robert Frank: an honest artist
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day later, still reelin' and a musin'
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Frank also did film... his 1972 documentary of the Rolling Stones, "Cocksucker Blues" is maybe his best known.
I'm wondering what effect, if any, his death will have on the (non)availability of this film?
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I'm wondering what effect, if any, his death will have on the (non)availability of this film?
From what (little) I've read about the film and its "limited" showings, the Rolling Stone attorneys were the reason for the limitations. In that case, it would probably be the deaths of the members of the Rolling Stones that might eventually affect the availability.
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I'm wondering what effect, if any, his death will have on the (non)availability of this film?
It can be found occasionally on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/Op_TR2mdzhw
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There is a brilliant photo by Arno Fischer of RF signing Les Americains for Fischer in 1985. RF has just written the dedication, the ink is still drying, the fountain pen is still half poised and he looks at Fischer with this charming quizzical look, his hair all standing straight up. Just fantastic. It's on p99 of the Hatje Cantz book on AF.
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I loved his attitude - he was a real artist.
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My tribute to Robert Frank done with a M7, M9, M240, M10.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opin...0X7SCvj-qgPwhU
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Chapeau! So very nice and
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Chapeau! So very nice and

Chapeau!

Chad that was so very nice and appropriate. You seem to have captured with words and lens the man in a way that he would appreciate.

What I have always wondered is why it took so long for THAT book to be published in the country of its subjects. Did he ever comment on that?




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My tribute to Robert Frank done with a M7, M9, M240, M10.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opin...0X7SCvj-qgPwhU
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Beautiful work, Tobin.
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He leaves behind so much, a great legacy, RIP
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My tribute to Robert Frank done with a M7, M9, M240, M10.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opin...0X7SCvj-qgPwhU

Realy enjoyed that, thanks Tobin.
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