The Americans

Author(s): Robert Frank; Jack Kerouac


First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank's The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. In 83 photographs, Frank looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a people plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians and rendered numb by a rapidly expanding culture of consumption. Yet he also found novel areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life. And it was not just Frank's subject matter--cars, jukeboxes and even the road itself--that redefined the icons of America; it was also his seemingly intuitive, immediate, off-kilter style, as well as his method of brilliantly linking his photographs together thematically, conceptually, formally and linguistically, that made The Americans so innovative. More of an ode or a poem than a literal document, the book is as powerful and provocative today as it was 56 years ago.


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General Fields

  • : 9783865215840
  • : Gerhard Steidl Druckerei und Verlag
  • : Steidl
  • : 0.78
  • : May 2008
  • : 184mm X 209mm X 25mm
  • : Germany
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Frank; Jack Kerouac
  • : Hardback
  • : Special edition
  • : English
  • : 973.9
  • : 180
  • : illustrations