Homework #4: Robert Frank’s America

In the “In Unseen Photos, A Clearer Picture of Robert Frank’s America” by KQED Arts, Exhibits a variety of photographs that have never seen the light of day by Robert Frank. The photographs shown are ones that never made it into his well known book The Americans. The Photos that were exhibited all share a similar themes of loneliness in social situations, political endeavors after a war, nationalism, and race in the south. The photographs themselves have great composition and show a feeling of just somber nights out in the town. They evoke a certain feeling of complacency in life where sometimes you’re just somewhere and you’re not sure where to go or what to do next. In the other photographs, depicting strong influences of nationalism and political gatherings, you see a lot of passion being shown that people genuinely care and would die for their country. The enthusiasm in several of the photographs depict a lot pride after the war and a feeling of celebration. In the other photographs such as the ones depicting the racially segregated south, show a particular image where a black woman is taking care of a white baby which in itself is very odd considering white people in this time were often repulsed by the thought of sitting next to a black person let alone letting their child being taken care by a black woman. It really shows the backward south in all of its glory in those days.

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One Response to Homework #4: Robert Frank’s America

  1. Sandra Cheng says:

    This is a nice write up about Frank’s book, especially your use of the word complacency, which is an excellent way to highlight what he saw as he traveled across the country photographing.

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