Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Books (VI)

The Americans

by Robert Frank

Hardcover: 180 pages
Publisher: Scalo Publishers;
3rd edition (February 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3931141802
ISBN-13: 978-3931141806
Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches

Order Placed: n/a

'In a whole, Robert Frank shot 767 rolls of film yielding about 27,000 images. He edited all of that down to about 1,000 work prints, then he spread them across the floor of his studio and tacked them to the walls to figure out which ones to use and in what order. He reduced a year and a half worth of work to just 83 images.

The Americans was the work of Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank, and the National Gallery of Art is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the book's American debut with an exhibition. Curator Sarah Greenough says The Americans was actually reviled when it was first published in the United States.

"Popular Photography asked a number of writers to critique the book and almost all of them were very negative," Greenough says. "It was described as a sad poem by a very sick person".'

NPR National Public Radio, February 14, 2009

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