The Americans

The Americans

By Robert Frank (Photographer); Jack Kerouac (Introduction by)

Steidl Dap, Hardcover, 9783865215840, 180pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2008

Description
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.


About the Author
Frank's is a photographer, whose book "The Americans" is arguably the most famous photography book of all time.

Jack Kerouac was born in 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. The best-known of his many works, On the Road, published in 1957, was an international bestseller. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of forty-seven.


NPR
Sunday, Aug 30, 2009

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