Works by Robert Frank
Widely thought to be one of the most important photographers to emerge in the United States after World War II, Frank’s photographs of postwar America continue to resonate powerfully today. Assisted by two Guggenheim fellowships, the Swiss-born photographer made several road trips across the United States from 1955 to 1957 to capture the social and political tensions between the postwar optimism of the 1950s and the realities of class and racial differences. Through his photographs, Frank created a “visual study of a civilization…only partly documentary in nature.” Published in France in 1958 as Les Américains, the book only found an American publisher in 1959, as it was initially deemed too controversial. Frank’s radical style of loose, grainy wide-angle photography profoundly shaped a new generation of social documentary photographers.