First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank's “The Americans” exploded onto twentieth-century photography redefining what a photograph and a photography book could mean.
In 83 photographs (from 81 rolls of film) Frank looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a view of America that upended the comfortable vision that dominated the country’s iconography. He saw a nation torn between poverty and privilege, and beset by alienation and an ever expanding consumer culture, and yet he also found beauty in the simple, overlooked corners of American life. A visual masterpiece, Frank’s intuitive, off-kilter style linked his photographs together thematically and conceptually to make “The Americans” an artistic game changer.
Robert Frank - American Contacts at Danzinger Gallery is on view through April 8, 2017