"Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans" Exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of "The Americans," Robert Frank’s influential suite of black-and-white photographs made on a cross-country road trip in 1955–56. Although Frank’s depiction of American life was criticized when the book was released in the U.S. in 1959, it soon became recognized as a masterpiece of street photography. Born in Switzerland in 1924, Frank is considered one of the great living masters of photography. The exhibition will feature all 83 photographs published in "The Americans" and will be the first time that this body of work is presented to a New York audience. In addition, the exhibition includes contact sheets that Frank used to create the book; earlier photographs made in Europe, Peru, and New York; a short film by the artist on his life; and his later re-use of iconic images from the series.

[Image: Robert Frank "Trolley—New Orleans" (1955) Gelatin silver print; 8 5/8 x 13 1/16 in. © Robert Frank, from "The Americans"]



from September 22, 2009 to January 03, 2010


Robert Frank

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