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Robert Frank, the man who photographed America

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“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”

One of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, Robert Frank is perhaps most renown for his 1958 book The Americans which featured 83 photos from Frank’s journey across the U.S. documenting race and material consumption in American life.

The quote above appears in Teju Cole’s book Known and Strange Things. There’s also an excellent piece on Frank in The New York Times entitled ‘The Man Who Saw America.’

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Robert Frank, untitled, Pace/MacGill Gallery
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Political Rally, Chicago, 1956, Edwynn Houk Gallery

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

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