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Robert Frank

Robert Frank – I am a lucky man

I was lucky enough this week to go to a Robert Frank exhibition in Tokyo at Gallery Bauhaus with my good friend John Sypal. It turns out there was a show of Frank’s work, including original prints and contact sheets from ‘outside my window’ and ‘flower is’. You can see the site for the gallery here.

To say it was impressive was a real understatement, the prints were absolutely incredible. But the real thrill was the contact sheets, they were beautiful and they gave us the chance to see what didn’t make the cut. Frank had a keen eye and was shooting in turbulent time of change. It was a humbling experience to see work of this caliber up close.

When I got home I decided to hunt for some more Frank stuff online, as I was hungry for more. I cannot find any videos of those particular pieces, but I thought it might be nice to share this video with you all, showing some of Frank’s more famous pieces.

I hope that you enjoy it and it inspires you as much as it does me.
Cheers
Japancamerahunter

Robert Frank

Inside Robert Frank’s The Americans

A thoughtful and deescriptive short video about some of the work of legendary Swiss photographer Robert Frank. After fleeing the Nazi regime in Europe Frank arrived in the USA in 1947. This video is about his most famous piece of work entitled ‘The Americans’ produced in 1958. Frank took a number of road trips throughout the USA over the period of about 4 years, taking a total of around 28,000 shots! Of these only 83 made the cut.

Frank had trouble getting the work published and the first publication was actually in France. His work was unconventional to the point that many of the traditionalists felt that he was ‘sloppy and without merit’. Funny how attitudes change.

Hope you enjoy the video and that it gives you the impetus to go and read a bit more about this great man.

Cheers
Japancamerahunter